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CITIZENSHIP: Romanian citizenship law is based on Law 21 dated 1991.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Romania does not automatically confer citizenship.

BY DESCENT: Child, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Romania, regardless of the child's country of birth.

BY NATURALIZATION: Romanian citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person must have resided in Romania at least five years. Person must be proficient in the Romanian language. Person must pass a test on Romanian culture and history.

MARRIAGE: Foreign national who marries a Romanian citizen must reside in Romania for three years, but fulfill the other naturalization conditions.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: RECOGNIZED. Due to Romanian recognition of dual citizenship, a child born to parents of differing nationalities is permitted by Romanian law to be a dual citizen. Restrictions might exist in the laws of the non-Romanian parent's country.

LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP: Under current Romanian law there are no grounds for involuntary loss of Romanian citizenship. Three months after voluntarily renouncing citizenship, a former citizen may reapply for Romanian citizenship.

VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation is permitted by law, but is not required unless the laws of a second country demand. Contact the Romanian Embassy for details and proper paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: There are no grounds for involuntary loss of Romanian citizenship.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship should be directed to the addresses below:

Embassy of Romania Consular Section 1607 23rd St., NW Washington, DC 20008

Embassy Telephone: 202-332-4846/48/51 Consular Telephone: 202-202-332-9678 ext. 117,118, or 119 Fax: 202-232-4748

office@reoembus.org www.roembus.org and www.embassy.org/romania

Consul General of Romania in New York 200 East 38th Street New York, NY 10016

Telephone: 212-682-9120 Fax: 212-972-8463

economic@romconsny.org www.romconsny.org

Consul General of Romania in Los Angeles 11766 Wilshire Blvd. #1230 Los Angles, CA 90025

Telephone: 310-444-0043 Fax: 310-445-0043

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