Immigrants who can ignore stereotypes and see things for what they are may find exactly what they’re looking for in Romania. The country will show its beauty and opportunities to those who are able to look beyond past and prejudice and it’s the perfect place for people who see the value in meeting a new culture. 

Beaches, villages, farmland, forests, castles and its capital city Bucharest show just one side of the diversity of the country, there are countless places to go and that are waiting to be explored. Many expats end up in Bucharest and the city is rapidly developing and becoming a fascinating place for immigrants. The employment rate is expected to increase further and the same goes for the country’s GDP. The official language spoken is Romanian, but English is increasingly spoken in larger cities. 

The cost of living in Romania is low. Food, accommodation, Internet, transport; they’re all considerably cheaper than anywhere else in Europe. The average wage is also quite low, but freelancers and expats working for international companies usually earn more than enough to live a very comfortable life. And the people in Romania? Most Romanians are friendly, optimistic and very accepting of immigrants, expect a warm welcome and to be shown around!

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Romania Residency

Third-country citizens need a work permit to be allowed to work in Romania. These are immigrants from non-EEA/EU countries. 

There are different types of work permits among which one for permanent workers. Your future employer must start the application process, which will take about 30 days and the government’s website provides more information on which documents are needed. The employer will keep the work permit and the employee will have a copy. After getting a work permit, you must also apply for a long-term visa at the Romanian diplomatic missions and consular office. 

Here are some of the ways to live in Romania:

Through investment:

  • If you have €50,000 to invest in a new or existing company which will create 10+ permanent jobs, you are can apply for a long-term visa. You can apply for permanent residency after 5 years living in Romania.

Through your Family:

  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Romania, you are probably eligible for residency.  If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship after living together in Romania for a period of 3 years.  Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.





GDP Per Capita
Not available
Disposable Income
$487  (Rank: 123)
Life Expectancy
75.00  (Rank: 67)
Education Index
75.00%  (Rank: 47)
Corruption Index
48%  (Rank: 57)
Murders Per Year
421  (Rank: 108)
Crime Index
27.95  (Rank: 22)
Environmental Protection
50.52%  (Rank: 86)
Gender Equality
69.00%  (Rank: 76)
Annual Tourists
8,442,000  (Rank: 37)

Government

Republic

Languages

Romanian

Population

19,237,513

Population Density

84 per square km

Romania Citizenship

Here are some ways to get citizenship in Romania:

  • If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.
  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Romania, you are probably eligible for residency.  If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship after living together in Romania for a period of 3 years.  Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.



Quality of Life

Rank: 56

Cost of Living

Rank: 96

Safety

Rank: 22

Average Temp.


8.80°C

Rank: 156


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The passport for Romania allows you to travel to 150 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 39.

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