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Married to a Romanian – what is next?

First of all, congratulations!

  1. The first change will be your residence permit. You need to apply for a permit that will have the mention that you are a family member of a Romanian citizen. Your new permit will be valid for 5 years.
  2. Your child can have Romanian citizenship (it is up to you).
  3. If you are travelling to the Schengen area with your spouse or you do not need a visa (except Switzerland)!*
  4. If you are travelling to a country who is not in Schengen area but in EU, you do not need a visa! *

*Here you can find more information

What about the marriage certificate?

It has to be recognized in the country you are the citizen of. There are more cases.

  1. The multilingual marriage certificate has the same legal value as the normal marriage certificate, but it is recognized without translation, legalization or any other equivalent formality and is used under the same conditions, on the territory of the signatory states of Convention No. 16 of the International Commission on Civil Status signed in Vienna on September 8, 1976, to which Romania joined in 2012. The other signatory countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Cape Verde, Republic of Moldova, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey. The multilingual marriage certificate is issued by the Civil Status Service within the local City Hall where the applicant’s marriage was registered.
  • Supralegalization is the procedure that attests to the fact that the document that is to be used in a non-signatory state of the Hague Convention is an official document, the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the signatory of the document acted, and the identity of the seal or stamp on the document. Supralegalization should not be confused with apostille (a procedure that certifies the authenticity of a document that is to be used in a signatory state of the Hague Convention). This Convention was concluded precisely to eliminate the requirement of consular supralegalization of foreign official documents. Therefore, for states that have not signed the present Convention, the requirement of administrative and consular supralegalization still applies. Administrative supralegalization is subject to the procedure established by the state of origin of the document (in this case Romania), followed by supralegalization performed by the diplomatic or consular mission of the destination country accredited in Romania.
  • The apostille proves that the document to which it was applied meets the validity requirements regulated by a state. After the Romanian authorities competent apply the apostille to the Romanian official document, the document is valid in the requested state without any additional formality. The apostille is applied only to Romanian official documents if the document is to be used in a state that is a party to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, The Hague, 1961. The updated list of States parties to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, The Hague, 1961 can be found here.

About Me

I am Anca Șalaru and I am part in Expart Consulting. As a legal advisor with a focus on Romanian immigration, Schengen visas, and foreign visas for Romanians, I have developed a strong understanding of the legal complexities and requirements involved in these areas. Having worked as a project manager in the IT industry, I have honed my skills in project management and problem-solving, and now bring these skills to my work in immigration law.

Through my extensive network of legal, financial, and immigration specialists, I can ensure that your case is handled with the utmost professionalism and expertise. Whether you are a foreigner seeking to immigrate to Romania or a Romanian looking to travel abroad, I am here to help you achieve your goals and make your dreams a reality.