Saturday, 15 October 2011

FAQ: How much longer is it going to take you?

The long and short of it is I don't know. We can guess, but they're always asking us for more paperwork. As of now, supposedly we're almost done, we just need the following documents:

  • A letter from my husband giving me permission to change my name from my maiden name to my married name.
  • A letter from my husband giving me permission to register our marriage in Peru.
  • For my name to be changed in Romania.
  • For our marriage to be registered in Romania.
  • For my CNP to be issued.
  • For my passport to be issued (supposedly I can apply here at the Korean embassy).

The two letters will take at least a month to get done since they need to be legalised and apostillised and therefore will have to be sent to Peru.
The name change and registration of our marriage should take about 4 months.
The CNP is probably another 4 months.
The passport is up to 6 months.

Now this is IF everything goes according to plan. Keep in mind that while I was in Romania for nearly a month, no office accepted any of my documents. Best case senario I can apply for my passport in June of next year and have my Romanian passport in my hot little hands by Christmas. My lawyer is optimistic, though having finally seen first hand what things are like in Romania, I'm really not sure what to think anymore.

By who really knows? They might say I'm missing some paperwork, or offices might not take my documents, or they might keep odd hours.

Fingers crossed I'll have my passport ASAP, but no matter what I'm going to keep trying until they say no.

Be sure to read about what has happened so far. You can find everything in the quick summary of dates.



  1. What a long, hard slog. Still, it will be good for you, and probably your child, after it's all done. Your heritage is your heritage, and you'll be quite unique as a Romanian citizen!


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