People that qualify for citizenship jus sanguinis, have a great advantage over those that do not have Romanian descents, and have to go through the naturalization process. Romanian law states that a foreigner must live in Romania for 8 years, and meet many other requirements in order to naturalize as a Romanian citizen.
Dual citizenship with Romania can be claimed in different cases; below you can find the most common:
- Romanian citizenship through parents
CASE #1: Your father was a Romanian citizen at the time of your birth and he or you never renounced his/your right to Romanian citizenship.
CASE #2: Your mother was a Romanian citizen at the time of your birth, and you never renounced your right to Romanian citizenship.
- Romanian citizenship through grandparents
CASE #3: Your parent was born in the U.S., your grandfather or grandmother was a Romanian citizen at the time of his or her birth, and neither you nor your parent ever renounced your right to Romanian citizenship.
- Romanian citizenship through great grandparents
CASE #4: Your grandfather was born in the U.S., your paternal great grandfather was a Romanian citizen at the time of his birth, and neither you nor your father ever renounced your right to Romanian citizenship.
Please be advice that in all cases, it is very common to find discrepancies in the name or date of birth of your ancestor. Even if you collected all your vital records on your own or through a Romanian citizenship assistance program, you will ultimately need to contact us or another licensed attorney to fix the discrepancies.
Please note that prior to the year 1992, ALL Romanian citizens that naturalized as U.S. Citizens AUTOMATICALLY lost their Romanian Citizenship, and no formal renunciation was required.
If your last Romanian-born ancestor naturalized before his child was born, you do qualify for restoration of Romanian citizenship (article 10, Law no. 21/1991 – Romanian citizenship Law).
According to article 10 from Law 21/1991 (regarding Romanian Citizenship), the Romanian Citizens which had lost their Romanian Citizenship has the right to regain it.
Also, the children and grandchildren of this person has the right to gain Romanian EU Citizenship and to get Romanian EU Passport.
The Law recognize through article 10, a new institution of acquiring Romanian citizenship: the restoration of citizenship. This is addressed to the people who lost their citizenship or to their descendants up to grade II (children, grandchildren).
Does US allow Dual Citizenship?
U.S. law does not formally recognize dual citizenship, but it does not prohibit it either. According to the U.S. State Department website, federal law “does not mention dual nationality or require a person to choose one citizenship or another.”
Does Romania allow Dual Citizenship?
Romania allows dual citizenship with the United States. As long as you can prove your Romanian ancestry, you can become a Romanian citizen. Romania does not require you to renounce other citizenships when you claim your Dual citizenship.
Therefore, Dual Citizenship with Romanian can be lawfully pursued.
What are the advantages of obtaining Dual Romanian Citizenship?
After obtaining Dual Romanian Citizenship, it is possible to get a Romanian Passport.
Romanian EU passport holders enjoy visa-free or visa on arrival access to 153 countries, making the Romanian passport very desirable in terms of travel freedom.
Being a U.S. citizen is great, but having Dual Citizenship with Romania can have many advantages. It is alone like an insurance plan. If anything goes wrong in this country, you can freely relocate to live and work in any of the European Union countries.
For many, Dual Romanian Citizenship opens up business and employment opportunity abroad. It is also great for retiring in Europe without getting lost with all the bureaucracy required to obtain an elective residency Visa.
Unlike the United States, Romania does not tax their citizen based on their worldwide income. In other words, if you do not reside in Romania or do not earn money in Romania, you will not be required to pay taxes to the Romanian government.
Contact a Dual Citizenship Lawyer today to find out if you qualify for Romanian Citizenship by descent.