Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the RM

Embassy of the Republic of Moldova to the United States of America and United Mexican States

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Acquisition of citizenship by recognition

Service duration: 60 minutes
Appointment is mandatory: one applicant = one appointment.

The settlement period approximately 9 months
  • According to the provisions of art. 12. paragraph (1.1) of the Citizenship Law 1024/2000 – $ 35;
  • According to the provisions of art. 12 paragraph (2) of the Citizenship Law 1024/2000 – $ 56;
In accordance with art. 12, paragraph (1.1) of the Citizenship Law of the Republic of Moldova no. 1024-XIV of June 2, 2000, persons over the age of 18, born on the territory of the Republic of Moldova, who are not recorded by the competent authority as citizens of the Republic of Moldova and who do not have proof of citizenship are recognized as citizens of the Republic of Moldova, and the date of acquisition of citizenship is considered the date expressing consent in writing in this regard. If the person does not agree with the date of acquisition of citizenship, upon his request, the competent authority determines the date of acquisition of citizenship on the basis of documents confirming that the person in question met or meets the conditions provided by the national law or the previous law on citizenship, whereby he was declared a citizen of the Republic of Moldova.
In accordance with art. 12, paragraph (2) of the Citizenship Law of the Republic of Moldova no. 1024-XIV of June 2, 2000, have the right to acquire the citizenship of the Republic of Moldova through recognition: persons born abroad who have at least one of their parents, grandparents or great-grandparents born on the territory of the Republic of Moldova;

persons who until June 28, 1940 lived in Bessarabia, in the North of Bucovina, in the Herţa region and in Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, their descendants;

persons deported or refugees from the territory of the Republic of Moldova starting from June 28, 1940, as well as their descendants;

the persons who on June 23, 1990 lived legally and habitually on the territory of the Republic of Moldova and who continue to live today.

To acquire citizenship through recognition, the applicant will present:
  • autobiography in Romanian indicating marital status, home address, previous and current workplace, information about spouse and first-degree relatives (parents, children);
  • four recent photos, 2x2 inches, color, matte, on a white background;
  • civil status documents of the applicant and his minor children; (birth, marriage/divorce certificate; change of name and/or first name;
  • The applicant's recent Moldovan birth certificate (in the case of persons born in Moldova). In the case of holding the ex-Soviet certificate, follow the procedure for obtaining the duplicate of the Moldovan birth certificate.
  • the recent Moldovan certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, death, of one of the parents, grandparents or great-grandparents who was born on the territory of the Republic of Moldova;
  • confirmation of the deportation from the territory of the Republic of Moldova starting from June 28, 1940 of the parents, grandparents or great-grandparents;
  • identity card, Moldovan passport of the parents;
  • US passport, US driver's license, US ID;
  • passport, driver's license, ID issued by other countries of which you are a citizen (in the case of multiple citizenships);
  • the certificate issued by the competent US vital record authority regarding the applicant's family members (certificate from the residence about the composition of the family);
  • the document proving residence on the territory of another state - for persons who do not reside in the Republic of Moldova;
  • criminal record from the country(ies) of which the applicant is a citizen. The certificate is to cover the territory of the entire country (at the Federal level). Certificates issued locally are NOT accepted;
  • criminal record from the applicant's country of residence. (persons residing on the territory of another state present the respective document from the country of residence, the certificate should cover the territory of the entire country (at the Federal level). Certificates issued locally are NOT accepted);
  • the criminal record certificate is not necessary for persons under the age of 14.
  • confirmation of payment of consular fees.

All the documents mentioned above are mandatory and must be presented in original. All documents issued by the US authorities must be legalized with an Apostille applied to the documents, correctly translated into Romanian and legalized with an Apostille. For details on the Apostille legalization procedure for documents issued by US authorities, visit the Office of Authentications (state.gov).

When submitting the application for the acquisition of the citizenship of the Republic of Moldova by the child according to Article 11 paragraph (l) letter. c) from the Citizenship Law of the Republic of Moldova no. 1024/2000, the legal representative or, as the case may be, his representative presents the following documents:

1.     the valid identity document of the legal representative and the child, if he/she holds it, as well as the residence permit or identity card for stateless persons, or the identity card for refugees, or the identity card for beneficiaries of humanitarian protection issued by the competent authority for foreigners from the Republic of Moldova in the name of one of the parents;

2.     the child's birth certificate proving his birth on the territory of the Republic of Moldova;

3.     civil status documents of the child's parents/only parent, necessary to establish the relationship between them;

4.     the identity document and the consent of the other parent for the acquisition of the citizenship of the Republic of Moldova by the child, in the case of the child with both parents;

5.     the consent of the child who has reached the age of 14, authenticated by a notary or other persons empowered by law with such a function;

6.     the document issued by the competent authority for foreigners, which confirms that the child meets the legal conditions to be recognized stateless;

7.     the representative's identity document and the documents certifying the right of representation - for the represented persons.

 

The date of acquiring the citizenship of the Republic of Moldova, according to article 11 paragraph (1) letter c) from the Citizenship Law of the Republic of Moldova no. 1024/2000, by the child, according to point 28, is considered the date of submission of the application by the parents or by the sole parent of the child. In the case of the child according to point 28/1 – the date of acquiring the citizenship of the Republic of Moldova is considered the date of his birth.

 

 

  • If certain documents from the published list are missing, the application will not be examined.
  • The documents are to be presented in full at the time of the interview. It is NOT possible to complete the file later with missing documents.
  • If only one of the parents acquires the citizenship of the Republic of Moldova together with the minor child, the notarized consent of the other parent will be presented.
  • All documents issued by the US authorities must be legalized with an Apostille applied to the documents, correctly translated into Romanian and legalized with an Apostille. For details on the Apostille legalization procedure for documents issued by US authorities, visit the Office of Authentications (state.gov).
  • After obtaining citizenship, the applicant will initiate the procedure of transcription of civil status documents to obtain Moldovan certificates. Submitting the application for passport documentation can only be done upon presentation of Moldovan civil status certificates..
  • Applicants must submit truthful documents and information. Providing false information or hiding relevant data may lead to the rejection of the application. The applicant bears civil, administrative or criminal liability for the acts and statements made.
  • Personal data will be processed by the national authorities in accordance with the provisions of Law no. 133 of July 8, 2011 regarding the protection of personal data, Published: 10-14-2011 in Official Gazette No. 170-175 art. 492