Saturday, 28 January 2012

FAQ: Do you still want to be Romanian?

Yes, I do. I realise that there are issues with Romania, such as government offices and the lack of caring for things such as the buildlings and streets. However, I feel that being a Romanian citizen outweights all that. There are a couple reasons why I still want to be Romanian.

First, I honestly feel that it's owed to our family. They went through so much and I would like some retribution for all their suffering.

Second, we've been at it so long, it would be horrible to give up now.

Third, I believe there's real potential for myself and my husband in Romania.

Fourth, it would give our daughter the chance to live, work, or study in Europe if she wanted to.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Got 4 docs notarised

My husband needed to give me permission to change my name and register my marriage. I needed to give POA to my lawyer again and submit a sworn statement saying why I deserve citizenship.

We went back to the same notary before and expected it to be very easy like it was last time. Unfortunately it wasn't. After explaining for what seemed like the tenth time that we wanted four notarisations and not two, they said that we would need everything translated into Korean.

Trying to explain to them that no, they didn't need to know what was in the docs and that our signatures were the only important thing was like hitting our heads against brick walls.

They called someone who said it cost 60,000 to translate it and it wouldn't be ready today. Someone else came down from another office and found a solution. Yea for thinking outside the box. He said I could use goggle translate to summarise what was on the docs and they'd notarise it.

So I did.

Then very officially the man called us up looked at our IDs and asked our birthdays and if the signatures on the docs were ours (of course they were, we had just signed in front of him) and then they were notarised.

It took about an hour start to finish and only cost 62,000 for four docs and last time it cost 50,000 for two. I don't understand why it was cheaper this time, but I'm glad it was.

Now I just need to get them apostillised.

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Thursday, 19 January 2012

The bases are loaded

Ok, we're in the home stretch! We need to re-do the docs that my husband signed (permission to register our marriage and permission for me to change my name) to put our Korean address on it. I also have to sign a new POA and a translation POA and so does my mom. We've got all the bases covered with all our names, including putting our last names first, so fingers crossed this will be the year.

I called the Romanian embassy and they won't help with translations since I'm not a Romanian citizen (yet!) and they said it's not possible since I don't speak Romania (yet! and we'll see!).

If all goes according to plan we'll get these docs executed this month and sent to Romania in February and maybe this Christmas I'll have my passport in hand!

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

FAQ: Why Romania?

Well, why not? Now that my husband and I have a child, we need to figure out where to settle down, at least for a while. I personally don't want to go back to Peru and my husband doesn't want to go to the US. We figure that Romania is a happy medium. It's a second world country and the language should be semi easy for us to learn since we speak Spanish. An added benefit for me is that it's in Europe, which is far from my family and his. I figure I'd rather we live far from both families than close to one and far from another. This way, neither of them will feel like we're spending too much time with the other.

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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Fingers crossed this will be the year!

2012 sounds like a good year to get citizenship! Hopefully we can get the few docs we need and I'll have my passport before the end of the year.

I'm still waiting for the docs from my husband that will allow me to change my name and register my marriage and then I should be ready to apply for the passport.

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Sunday, 1 January 2012

Poll Results for Should Romania Have Waited to Join the EU

2 people voted yes and 1 person voted no. Be sure to vote in the next poll: How has Romania joined now that it's in the EU?

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