Romanian Visa

IX. Long-stay visa (symbol D):


I. General information

A national long-stay visa allows the entry and stay of third-country nationals on the territory of Romania for a period that does not exceed 90 days.

It allows the third-country nationals entering the territory of Romania to apply, at the Ministry of Internal Affairs – General Inspectorate for Immigration, for the extension of the right of temporary stay and for a residence permit. The extension of the right of stay in Romania shall be applied for at least 30 days prior to the expiry of the validity of the long-stay visa.

It is granted only with the previous approval of the Ministry of Internal Affairs – General Inspectorate for Immigration.

A visa application is commonly decided upon within 60 days, as the case may be. Long-stay visa applications for employment and secondment, which were previously endorsed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs – General Inspectorate for Immigration, are decided upon within 10 days from submission.

Exemptions from the obligation to get a long-stay visa:

Citizens of the Member States of the European Union or the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) and of the Swiss Confederation can apply to the Ministry of Internal Affairs – General Inspectorate for Immigration for the extension of their right of temporary stay and for residence permits without holding a long-stay visa.

 

II. Types of long-stay visas:

A long-stay visa is granted depending on the activity to be carried out in Romania. Here are the purposes for which a Romanian long-stay visa can be granted:

Economic activities (symbol D/AE) – the visa can be issued to the third-country nationals who are to carry out economic activities on the territory of Romania, in compliance with the special legal provisions on the organisation and development of such activities;

Professional activities (symbol D/AP) – the visa can be issued to the third-country nationals who are to carry out individual professional activities on the territory of Romania, in compliance with the special legal provisions on such activities;

Commercial activities (symbol D/AC) – this visa can be issued to third-country nationals who are shareholders, with management or administration powes, of companies that are Romanian legal entities, and who are planning to invest in Romania;

Employment (symbol D/AM) – the visa can be issued to the third-country nationals who are to be employed by an employer on the territory of Romania. This type of visa also attests the third-country national’s right to work on the territory of Romania. The long-stay visa for employment can also be issued to third-state nationals who travel to Romania for employment as seasonal workers.

Secondment (symbol D/DT) – the visa can be issued to the skilled third-country nationals, employed by legal persons with registered office abroad, who are to work on the territory of Romania, in compliance with the laws in force;

Studies (symbol D/SD) – this type of long-stay visa is granted to third-state nationals who intend to travel to Romania either for pre-graduate, graduate and postgraduate studies – depending on the case, or in view of obtaining academic degrees within state or accredited private institutions, in accordance with the provisions of the legal framework. This type of visa is also granted to third-state nationals who apply for such a visa as students, trainees, pupils, or to those who partake in a pupil exchange scheme or in an educational project. This type of visa is also granted to third-state nationals accepted for studies based on international documents to which Romania is party.

Categories of third-country nationals considered as students: third-state nationals accepted for full-time course of studies by a state or private higher education institution that is accredited or temporarily authorized according to law, including for participation in a license programme (Bachelor's degree), in a postgraduate programme (Master’s degree), in a PhD or postdoctoral studies programme.

“School pupil” means a third-country national admitted for a pupil exchange scheme or educational project, by a state or private, accredited or temporarily authorised secondary education establishment. Third-state nationals who partake in a pupil exchange scheme or in an educational project must be between 13 and 19 years of age.

“Trainee” means a third-country national who holds a degree of higher education or is pursuing a course of study that leads to a higher education degree and who is admitted for a training programme for the purpose of gaining knowledge, practice and experience in a professional environment.

 

Family reunification (symbol D/VF) – the visa can be issued to the third-country nationals who are to enter Romania for family reunification;

Religious activities (symbol D/AR) – the visa can be issued to the third-country nationals who are to enter Romania to carry out activities in the area of recognised cults, upon the request thereof;

The long-stay visa for scientific research (marked D/CS) – this type of long-stay visa – is granted to third-state nationals who intend to travel to Romania in order to carry out activities of scientific research, on the grounds of the endorsement of the Ministry of Research and Innovation and of the General Inspectorate for Immigration.

Other purposes that are not in breach of the Romanian laws (symbol D/AS).