If you are a UE citizen coming to Romania, you might want to prolong your stay in this country. To this end, you will require a residency permit, which contains a Romanian CNP.
1. Find the legal grounds for your residency
The first step is to establish the purpose of your stay in Romania. According to the law, EU citizens can obtain Romanian residency for certain purposes, such as:
- work: by signing an employment contract with a Romanian firm or by being deployed for a certain period in Romania
- business: by setting up a Romanian company
- NGO activities: religious activities, humanitarian activities or volunteering
- studies: you will have to enrol an officially accredited faculty
- residency based on means of living: the means must be proven at the level of the minimum guaranteed revenue in Romania and the proof may be made by pension slip, bank account statement or other equivalent documents.
2. Prepare the residency file
If you want to stay in Romania for more than 3 months, you must register your residency, more precisely obtain a registration certificate from the General Inspectorate for Immigration (IGI) in the county in which you live.
The first Romanian registration certificate will contain a 13-digit numeric personal identification number (CNP), which is provided to you just once, irrespective of the number of entries in the country or of the period of time you spend in Romania.
In order to obtain the registration certificate, you must submit a series of documents to IGI, which differ according to the purpose of your stay in Romania.
Regardless of the purpose of your stay in Romania, the file will contain a request form and your ID/passport in the copy. In addition, you may need to submit your employment contract, deployment contract, certificate of the Romanian company you have set up, a certificate for carrying out a professional activity etc.
3. Submit your file to the public authorities
The file for obtaining your registration certificate can be submitted at your local IGI office or via an online application provided by IGI.
If you choose to submit the file through the online application, you will be scheduled for a date on which to be personally present at IGI. At this time, IGI representatives will take a picture of you and will check your file by confronting the copies with the original documents, which you will need to bring with you.
If you submit your file personally, you can go directly to the office counter without a prior appointment. After submitting the file, you will receive a registration receipt based on which you will be able to pick up your registration certificate later.
4. Collect your CNP
The registration certificate is issued on the same day and is valid for a period of 1 to 5 years, depending on your purpose of staying.
Your registration certificate can be picked up personally, but also by another person with a notarised proof-of-attorney.
This certificate entitles you to remain on Romanian territory. However, competent authorities may restrict this right in accordance with the law, in certain cases, such as the prohibition of entry on Romanian territory, removal from the country on grounds of public health, expulsion or being declared an undesirable person.
From the moment you get your registration certificate, you have the responsibility to have it in your possession at all time during your stay in Romania.
Moreover, under the sanction of a fine, you have the obligation to inform IGI of any changes made concerning your name, surname, nationality, address of residence, destruction, loss, damage or theft of the certificate, in which case you will have to request the issuance of a new registration certificate.
Alexandra Smahon – Legal Counsel