Has your Romanian residency permit expired during the lock-down period of state of emergency? Are you worried about this issue and don’t know if you can still stay in Romania under this circumstances, or whether you can still extend your permit since the expiration date has already passed?
As Romania has been through state of emergency restrictions due to the COVID-19 epidemic, most of the authorities in our country were forced to limit the direct interaction of the state employees with the citizens. Other institutions decided to suspend the activity completely, or partially suspend the activity of some departments. Under these circumstances, within the 60 day period of restrictions, many of us have been under impossibility of extending their immigration documents with the Romanian Immigration Office, for example.
Thus, we are briefly explaining below what happens if your personal Romanian immigration documents (such as your residency permit, residence registration certificate, or any temporary immigration documents) expired during the state of emergency period, and what is the legal deadline applicable for extending them at this point.
Residency permit expired during state of emergency – rules for prolongation
Therefore, as a first rule please keep in mind that you can apply the conditions explained below only if your residency permit expired during the 60 day time interval between 16 March and 14 May 2020.
As second rule, the government has recently enforced an Emergency Ordinance according to which holders of official Romanian documents that expired during the aforementioned period dispose of a deadline of 90 days to apply for their extension. More precisely, starting with the last day of state of emergency (14 May 2020), within an interval of 90 days (until 12 August 2020) we must apply for the extension of our Romanian residency permit (or of the immigration document we hold).
The above described rule applies to numerous types of immigration documents such as: Romanian identity cards, driving licenses, residency registration certificates (issued to EU citizens), etc.
- residency permits
- residency registration certificates (for EU citizens)
- work permits of any type
- leave orders
- any types of travel documents issued by the immigration authorities
- temporary ID documents issued to asylum seekers.
According to Governmental Ordinance no. 70/2020, an exception to this rule applies to car related documents, such as temporary certificates replacing car registration certificates or replacing driving licenses. For such types of temporary documents the replacement deadline is within 45 days from the end of the state of emergency – i.e., until 28 June 2020.
Online application encouraged by authorities
Taking into account the measures for preventing physical contact between individuals, foreign citizens are encouraged by the authorities to use electronic means for the purpose of applying for the new document. Thus, for any type of immigration documents, such as invitation letter approvals, residency permits, or others, the applicants must use the Romanian Immigration Office’s online portal: https://portaligi.mai.gov.ro/portaligi/.
Also, it is important to know that, for a period of six months as of the end of the state of emergency period (more precisely, until 14 November 2020), Romanian public authorities requesting the presentation of civil certificates (such as birth or marriage certificate) in original or copies, must also accept other types of documents replacing them, such as electronic excerpts for official use.
We remind you that the state of emergency period established by Romanian authorities in order to limit the spread of the Coronavirus ended on May 14, 2020. Starting 15 May 2020 the state of emergency period was official replaced with the state of alert.