Here are some very important issues related to Romanian dual citizenship. Knowledge of these matters makes the whole process much more understandable.
1. Legal Representation
It is not necessary to be represented by a qualified lawyer in cases for the confirmation of Romanian citizenship. Your case may be represented by almost any person who has, according to the Romanian Law, “a legal capacity to act,” i.e. by an adult who is physically and mentally fit. Some lawyers and attorneys-at-law wrongly advise that their services are required, and this is not necessary to confirm Romanian citizenship.
It is not necessary or recommended to consult any attorney from your country of residence. Foreign lawyers cannot represent you in Romania and are obligated to act through a Romanian lawyer or another agent. Obviously, this translates into much higher costs.
It is possible to confirm Romanian citizenship via a Romanian consulate in your country of residence.
In practice, this means that a person applying for Romanian citizenship, who permanently resides outside Romania, may conduct procedures entirely via a Romanian consulate. But, be aware that Romanian diplomatic missions will send in Romania (to the National Authority for Citizenship from Bucharest) your application, where the authorities will process the case.
Also, be aware that Romanian diplomatic missions are confronting with an influx of citizenship issues, of which exceeded any expectations after 2007.
It is recommended that you appoint a professional and experienced agent for the case who will be able, if necessary, to respond to documents submitted by Romanian authorities in a timely manner. An experienced agent will know the complexities of this procedure and will be able to handle the case successfully and without any complications or extended deadlines. The agent can also read through case files, supervise the course of the procedure, affect the case, and modify the procedure on your behalf.
The overall cost that includes all what you will pay until you get your Romanian European passport consists of quite few things: archival searches, translations, legal advising fee, and case processing fee. You will also pay a fee for certifying copies of documents in your country and a Romanian passport fee at a Romanian Consulate.
With our representation this total cost should not exceed 1000 (one thousand) EUR per applicant. Of course, complicated and complex cases will cost more and take longer.
The procedure for the confirmation of Romanian citizenship by birth is very complex. The timespan is affected by many factors: time for searching, collecting and submitting relevant documents, translations, and administrative procedures conducted by the Romanian authorities. In most cases, the procedure should not last longer than 18 months, but we handle and have handled cases lasting longer due to their complexity.
5. Dual Citizenship
Most countries where descendants of Romanian emigrants live today, such as the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Israel allow dual citizenship. Romanian law dictates, however, that anyone who holds dual citizenship is considered by Romanian authorities as a Romanian citizen irrespective of citizenship in another country.
6. Citizens’ Rights and Obligations
People in possession of a Romanian passport have all the same rights as any other European citizen. There is no obligatory army service in Romania. Following the European rules of no double taxation, you will not pay taxes to the Romanian government if you work or do business in another European country and do not reside in Romania permanently.