Are you eligible for getting Romanian Passport through your Ancestry?
We often received claims from person which got incomplete or incorrect information, and they spent way too hours trying to figure out the correct rules. Hopefully, this post will make it easier for others.
General Information About Romanian Citizenship Eligibility
To determine if you are eligible for Romanian Passport you must first understand the basics that govern Romanian Citizenship. Only a Romanian Citizenship can get a Romanian Passport.
First of all, Romanian Citizenship is passed through blood line (Jus Sanguinis), NOT place of birth (Jus Soli). For example, just being born in the territory of Romania does not make you a citizen, however having ancestors that were Romanian might give you the right to citizenship.
Secondly, your Romanian blood line must be unbroken from your Romanian ancestor to you. In other words, each ancestor must have been Romanian in order to pass it to the younger generation. If one of your ancestors had/have lost their Romanian citizenship then the blood line is broken and you did not inherit citizenship. An example of a broken blood line: great-grandfather (Romanian citizen) > grandfather (lost Romanian citizenship) > father (not Romanian) > you (not Romanian).
According to article 10 from Law 21/1991 (regarding Romanian Citizenship), the Romanian Citizens which had lost their Romanian Citizen has the right to regain it.
Also, the children of this people have the right to gain Romanian Citizenship together with the former Romanian Citizens which will apply for regain Romanian Citizenship.
What information/dates will I need to collect in order to determine my eligibility?
You will need documents related with your vital records (Marriage & Birth Certificates, Name changes) & Criminal Records.
Also, in order to submit the file, you will have to procure documents related with your departure from Romania, which will confirm the exact date of emigration & information regarding the moment when you lost Romanian Citizenship.
The Romanian Authorities will ask you to give some statements in connection with your legal capacity to regain Romanian Citizenship.
Are you eligible for a Romanian Passport if you have been born abroad (so you have other nationality) and one of your parents lost and after regain Romanian Citizenship?
In most of the cases the answer it’s yes.
For getting a Romanian Passport you will need documents related with you (Romanian Birth Certificate, Romanian Marriage Certificate) and with your Romanian Ancestor who regain Romanian Citizenship (the proof of the Romanian Citizenship, birth certificate, marriage certificate, name changes).
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