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Tips for Relocating to Bucharest

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So, if you`re about to move to Bucharest, here are some useful facts that you should know and that can help you start your new life in Romania.

First of all, consider arranging as much as you possibly can before you actually relocate to Bucharest, as it will be easier for you to just deal with your new house/apartment and getting around in the city.

So, first move: find yourself a real estate agency that shall take care of finding the right place for you.

Second of all, depending on your needs and purpose of your stay in Romania, you need to know the formalities about establishing of your domicile (temporary or not) in Bucharest.

The General Inspectorate for Immigration deals with such matters, being the competent authority. Depending on your stay and on your plans, you may need a long stay visa for employment purposes or a visa for deployment (necessary documents for obtaining this type of visa: a copy of the work permit issued by the General Inspectorate for Immigration, a proof of financial means for the entire period of the visa, criminal record certificate and a medical insurance valid through your visa duration; for deployment-copy of the posting permit, a proof of financial means for the entire period of the visa, criminal record certificate and a medical insurance valid through your visa duration). You must pay a 120 EUR visa fee in the country where you make the request and is granted for 90 days (one or more trips).

But if you want to establish a long-term residence in Romania and receive a 10-year residence permit, you must follow these steps: make a long-term residence request at the General Inspectorate for Immigration Bucharest and wait for their answer. If it`s positive you may then submit the following documents: application form, ID documents, proof of social health insurance, proof of financial means of support, criminal record certificate and civil status document. The main condition for obtaining this visa is that you must have had a continuous stay in Romania during the last 5 years.

Obtaining the work permit is your employer task so you don`t need to worry about it.

If you`re relocating for business purposes, apart from the documents mentioned for the long stay visa for employment purposes, you initially need to obtain approval of the Ministry of Energy and Medium Enterprises and Business Environment and then register with ANAF service from your specific District (Public Finance Administration) to obtain a fiscal code and pay your revenue taxes,

After obtaining a visa, you must now submit several documents (maximum 30 days before your visa expiration date) and obtain a residence permit and, good news, this step can be done online at: https://portaligi.mai.gov.ro/portaligi/  . All residence permits can be extended. With your residence permit comes your PIN, that will identify you an all Romania`s territory.

Once you have your permit you can benefit from free Romanian language courses and accommodation sessions (for details visit  http://igi.mai.gov.ro/ro/content/programul-de-integrare).

To benefit from Romania`s national health care system, you need to submit a request and start paying the contributions to the Casa Judeteana de Asigurari de Sanatate Municipiul Bucuresti (National Health Insurance Fund).

If you need to get a Romanian driving license you need to have a residence permit and then apply to Directia Regim Permise de Conducere si Inmatriculare a Vehiculelor Bucuresti (Driving License and Vehicle Registration Service Bucharest) and take a written exam and a driving test or, if your origin country has a special agreement with Romania, just change your driving license with a Romanian one. You can find the list of the Viena agreement here: Romanian Driving Licence Permit Exchange Countries List

You also can get a full price monthly metro pass with unlimited trips, or a bus, tram, and trolleybus Activ Card, use the taxi or the Uber.

Romania`s educational system accepts foreigners and, in order to register a child for school, you first need to submit an equivalency request at Inspectoratul Scolar Bucuresti (Bucharest School Inspectorate) and then register your kid at a school from your District. Keep in mind that Bucharest has several International Schools, so you may find useful information about the scholar system right there.

Maybe you`ll love Romania and wish to obtain Romanian citizenship… if that`s the case, the law stipulates that you need to have been living in Romania for at least 8 years (or be married with a Romanian for at least 5 years),  prove a decent living, own a spotless criminal record certificate, speak a basic Romanian language and have knowledge about Romania`s history, geography, constitution and national anthem. If you`re good to go, the Commission for citizenship will reward you.

Welcome to Romania!

Schools in Bucharest for Expats

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main building of international Bucharest school

Studying in Romania does not necessary mean that your kids have to learn Romanian.  Financially speaking, Romania is a cheap country to live in compared to other similar countries in Europe and that means that it is a great country to send your child to receive an education. Add the fact that in the Romanian capital, you can find some of the best English and French schools in the world.

Economic Reasoning

When it comes to the economic situation of Romania, it is worth noting that it is one of the cheapest countries in the European Union. Considering the low wages, with the average being somewhere around 400 euros a month, one can imagine that the cost of life is much lower in Romania than in other European countries, such as Spain or the United Kingdom. At the same time, while some food items may cost the same in Romania as in the rest of Europe, going out is much cheaper. From an economical point of view, Romania is the perfect destination for young people who want to study in a European country without having to save thousands of dollars to cover all expenses.

Schools

There are lots of schools in Bucharest where you can send your children to, that offer great programs. There are some that bear the sigil of famed educational institutions, where your child is bound to participate in programs that will enrich his knowledge in various subjects. Below are some examples of prestigious schools that exist in Bucharest and where you can send your child:

  1. Cambridge School Bucharest

Probably one of the most famous names when it comes to English educational institutions, the Cambridge School in Bucharest offers various programs for young people all over the world that are bound to support and encourage them to follow their dreams. The Cambridge School focuses on helping the students develop individual beliefs and not indoctrinate them into following ideologies or a specific set of beliefs. The school’s history goes back hundreds of years, therefore entrusting your child with them is one of the best decisions you can possibly make!

  1. American International School of Bucharest

While Cambridge is known to be a British educational institution, where the academics run things following the British rule, the American International School of Bucharest brings forth a new approach when it comes to academia. The school promotes social inclusion and international understanding, while at the same time focusing on the environment and it teaches the students how to think in an international context. If you want your child to learn how to think critically and how to adapt to an ever changing global society, this is the school for you.

  1. Lycée Français

The only school taught and supported by the French government in this list, Lycée Français is specialized in middle school and kindergarten levels of educations. Following the French educational model, this school focuses on exposing the children to many activities from which they can learn how to properly behave in life. The activities focus on the cognitive, sensory and social development of the child, while also improving self-esteem and guiding the child towards positive purposes in life. They also emphasize written and spoken French, grammar classes and reading classes which aim to bring the students close to the native level. Weekly ‘Councils’, as they are called, are meetings with the students which amount to more than 30+ hours a week, where the students are encouraged to state their own opinion regarding the courses and the teachers are able to follow up on how they are developing in order to see which areas require improvement and which need encouragement to move further.

  1. International School of Bucharest

Like most of the schools on this list, the International School of Bucharest is taught in English mainly and it focuses on the students’ role in a global context. Creativity is encouraged here and the teachers emphasize the importance of living peacefully in a complex and diverse global society. The school also takes security very seriously, having many policies that revolve around campus security and safety in the online environment.

  1. Mark Twain International School

The Mark Twain International School in Bucharest focuses primarily on the idea that every student is unique and has his or her own needs, which is why most of the programs are tailored individually to each student’s needs. Presenting an intercultural platform, the school focuses on teaching the students to value their own culture, while also respecting others’. The programs are taught in English, but combined with other cultural and language studies on international languages such as Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew and many others. The main mission of the school is to help all students understand that they are part of an international community and that although people are diverse in terms of culture, language, religion and others, all of us can live happily and without conflict.

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