Wednesday, 28 December 2011

FAQ: Are you collecting citizenships

It might seem like that, but no. I started all this in the fall of 1999 when I called the five embassies. My father is half Russian and a quarter Irish and Scottish. My mother is half Romanian and half German.

I called all five of these embassies and found out that if my father had become Irish before I was born, I could become Irish. Since that didn't happen, I was out of luck. The Russian, UK, and German one were all out as well, because my great grandparents were born there.

However, I saw a light due to my mom and grandfather being born in Romania. My grandmother lived there for over 20 years. At that time, she was considered to be a Romanian citizen because she married a Romanian. My grandmother left on a Romanian passport and my aunt and my mom were on her passport.

In 1999, I didn't know about the EU or anything like that. I just wanted to get citizenship because it was part of my heritage.

The issues with Romanian citizenship have come and gone over the years, but I'd still like to get Romanian citizenship. The other citizenship are far removed, as far as my great grandparents. However, Romanian citizenship comes from my mom and I'd like it to continue with me. I'm not sure that I could move to Romania and work there, but it's nice that the option is there for me and my husband to go there. We'd like to go to the EU, but I think my husband would need to live in Romania first. I think the best thing is that I'd be able to give my children the chance to live, work, or study in the EU. The EU Freedom of Movement has made it easier as well. If you're married to an EU citizen, you can live, work, or study just about anywhere in the EU.

Peruvian citizenship came about due to marriage.



Anyways, the long and short of it is that I'm not collecting citizenships. Things have just happened this way.

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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Notary check

So we got the name change and passport request notarised here in Suwon. They put the English and Romanian version together, so we only had to pay for 2 notarisations. Cost was about $25 each, compared to $1 in Peru and absolutely free in the US.

I've scanned them and emailed them to my lawyer. If he oks them that we'll get them apostillised, and that only costs $1.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

More notary fun

So after spending about $120 in fees here at the Peruvian embassy in Seoul, we were told that the MFA in Lima wouldn't approve the documents we sent and that my husband would have to go to Peru in person and sign. That's the only way to get docs apostillised in Peru. And that's utterly ridiculous.

So. . .

Tomorrow we're going to go to three Korean notaries and try to get his signature notarised. If that works, it'll only cost $1 to get them apostillised, compared to $2 in the State of Illinois and $15 in Peru. Seems a bit backwards that it's more expensive in a third world country, but Peru's a backwards place.

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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Government offices in Romania

I didn't get the best impression of Romania through its government offices. Here are just a couple issues I had.

  • Not being open
  • Closing early
  • Only open to the public 2 hours a week (the Social Security Office)
  • No information available
  • People not wanting to help you
  • People sending you to other offices even though those offices had sent you here
  • No AC
  • No elevator
  • No organisation
  • No numbers
  • Standing in line for hours
  • Pushing and shoving

I know that a month isn't enough time to get a feel for government offices, but first impressions are very strong and my first impressions were horrible. Here are some more examples of issues I had at government offices and the post office.


http://romaniancitizenship.blogspot.com/search/label/government%20offices

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