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Residency permit expired during COVID-19 state of emergency period?

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.

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  1. Respected sir, my name is Amritpal Singh.I was working in Bacau city Romania.Because of Corona virus our owner told us that now there is no more job for us in his company.N after that his company shut down.He gave me NOC paper to all of us to join another company.After that we were looking for another company.For that purpose we spent one n half month to find another job.Because on time there was strickness of Corona virus.N after 1.5 months later I find a job in construction company.we started work and I asked my boss for paper work.our boss told us that now official work is closed because of Corona virus.it will take time.And we working on the site and asked for paper.I gave my boss mobile number.After that they took us to police station for the Inquiry.On that day in the evening one of police officer came to me n told me that it’s your golden chance.If next time we found you on work you would be deported.And after that we came at room n we stopped work.After 12 days there is one call on my phone from the police station for to come in the police station.And that day they g gave us deportation letter.I request soo many times.But they refused.sir almost half month going to finish.we don’t have money to eat n for accommodation.And embassy is saying that you have to leave Romnia with in 30 days at your own airplane ticket.Sir how it’s possible even we are jobless from the last four month.Even now there is very critical condition in India because of Corona virus.Sir,please ask to here government about this matter.we will find a new job please give us few days.


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