Romanian Student Visa
This article will provide information for students and apprentices interested in studying in Romania. Those who are interested will be able to do so through a simple process, at the end of which they will be granted a student visa. Using this student visa, applicants will be able to legally reside and study in Romania.
The immigration law offices of Cohen, Decker, Pex and Brosh can help guide you through the process of obtaining citizenships to a variety of European states, such as Romania, Portugal, Bulgaria, and Poland. If you are interested in taking advantage of the student visa in order to reside in Romania, but encounter any difficulties in doing so, we recommend that you contact our office and one of our immigration specialists will be glad to assist you.
What is a Romanian Student Visa?
The Romanian student visa is a long-term residence visa, which allows its holders to live and study in Romania. The visa is valid for pre-university students, apprentices, as well as university students, both undergraduate and graduate. Additionally, the visa allows the holder to obtain a part-time job during their studies, contingent on employment requirements.
Who needs to apply for a Romanian Student Visa?
If you are a student – whether in high-school or university – and are coming from outside the European Union, you need to apply for a student visa in order to study in Romania.
Students aged 13-19 can be part of education exchange projects in Romania.
University students are required to hold a bachelor’s degree, or to be in the process of obtaining one. This will be completed while they are enrolled in a training program which will prepare them for the professional environment.
In any case, the institution, school or university where you intend to study needs to be accredited in accordance with all applicable laws. This includes private schools or government institutions.
How do I apply for a Student Visa?
You can apply for a student visa either at the Romanian Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.
The application consists of a package of several required documents. The content of this package of documents differs depending on whether you are a high school student, university exchange student, or an apprentice.
For example: if you are a student, the most important documents that you will be required to provide is (1) proof that you have been admitted to the accredited school or university, (2) evidence that your first year of schooling has been paid, and (3) that you have the financial means necessary to support yourself during the school year. Each document will require notarized translation.
For How Long Can I Stay in Romania with a Student Visa?
The student visa gives its holder permission to reside in Romania for a period of up to 90 days. Upon arrival to Romania, one must apply for a Romanian residence permit at least 30 days before the expiration date of their student visa. In other words, this means that you will need to apply for and receive the permit in question during the first 60 days of your legal stay in Romania.
If you stay longer than your visa permits you to, you are liable to be fined. In cases where the visa holder stays for much longer than permitted, deportation is an option, and in specific instances you may be banned from entering Romania in the future.
Is the Visa Different from the Residence Permit?
Yes. In general terms, a visa gives you the opportunity to reside in Romania for a specific limited period of time: at most 3 months. If you are interested in living in Romania for longer than three months, which is a realistic possibility for many students, you will need to obtain a residence permit.
As such, the first step is to apply for a visa in your country of origin. If you are interested in living in Romania for more than three months, the second step is to apply for a Romanian residence permit at the Ministry of Immigration once you’ve arrived to Romania.
Our advice is to contact an expert immigration lawyer in order to have the peace of mind that your visa application will be lawfully accepted without any undue delays.
Contact Us – Student Visa in Romania – Romanian Citizenship Attorneys
For any inquiries regarding the application process and issuance of Romanian student visas and citizenships, contact Cohen, Decker, Pex and Brosh. With offices in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, we also assist descendants of Romanians in obtaining a Romanian European citizenship.