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Retiring to Romania--is it possible?

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ajc994
2/1/2018 13:15 EST

My and husband and I are planning on retiring to Romania in 2020. We will have no need to work and will be able to live comfortably on our retirement income. As we have no idea what is going to happen ( because of Brexit) we are assuming we'll have to get a long term visa and later apply for residency. Does anyone know if we can get a "retirement" visa and if not what other options would be available to us?

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moorcroftservices
2/7/2018 00:52 EST

What nationality are you?

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johnkorst
2/8/2018 17:57 EST

Yes, it is possible.

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johnkorst
2/8/2018 18:02 EST

I'm American. There is no retirement visa. I needed to have one of three contracts:
1. Employment
2. Volunteer
3. Marriage
I was able to arrange and Volunteer Contract with a local high school I had history with. I commit three days a week as a English Conversation Tutor and I received a one year visa.
I would suggest a similar tact for you with some British NGO that is established in Romania.

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johnkorst
2/8/2018 18:06 EST

P.S. I had planned to do volunteer work anyway on a casual basis. Now I'm simply formalizing it and have maximum free time and minimum stress.

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ajc994
2/12/2018 04:01 EST

Thank you for the advice- that's perfect. We're already a long way into our plans for retirement. We're a British couple that made the decision about 6 years ago that Transylvania was where we wanted to be. We bought some land and since that time have started to build our house on the land in readiness for 2020 ( when we retire). However, at the time when we bought the land no one was considering Brexit! When we knew the UK had elected to come out of the EU we started to panic and wondered how/ if we'd be able to retire. To know there is an option such as a Volunteering Contract is reassuring. We always intended to volunteer anyway ( preferably in Conservation work) so we'll start to look into this now. Thanks again for the advice

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ajc994
2/12/2018 04:02 EST

Thank you for the advice- that's perfect. We're already a long way into our plans for retirement. We're a British couple that made the decision about 6 years ago that Transylvania was where we wanted to be. We bought some land and since that time have started to build our house on the land in readiness for 2020 ( when we retire). However, at the time when we bought the land no one was considering Brexit! When we knew the UK had elected to come out of the EU we started to panic and wondered how/ if we'd be able to retire. To know there is an option such as a Volunteering Contract is reassuring. We always intended to volunteer anyway ( preferably in Conservation work) so we'll start to look into this now. Thanks again for the advice

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ajc994
2/12/2018 04:02 EST

Thank you for the advice- that's perfect. We're already a long way into our plans for retirement. We're a British couple that made the decision about 6 years ago that Transylvania was where we wanted to be. We bought some land and since that time have started to build our house on the land in readiness for 2020 ( when we retire). However, at the time when we bought the land no one was considering Brexit! When we knew the UK had elected to come out of the EU we started to panic and wondered how/ if we'd be able to retire. To know there is an option such as a Volunteering Contract is reassuring. We always intended to volunteer anyway ( preferably in Conservation work) so we'll start to look into this now. Thanks again for the advice

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johnkorst
2/12/2018 20:07 EST

In my opinion the reason it was rather easy to get a contract is because I had prior relationships in the town that helped open the door.

Since you have time you can introduce yourself now to NGOs working in the area you will be living and you can start building relationships.

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ponymalta
3/19/2018 22:12 EST

A bit different I think for UK citizen due to EU membership- and based on this weeks news I understand that (a) there will be a transition period for Brexit which take sit until 2020) (b) if some has moved there before 2020, seems most discussions are they will be "grandfathered" in, i.e rules after Brexit only apply to people who move after Brexit takes effect.
I am unaware why Uk citizen would need the sort of visas you are describing.

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bossnmove
2/7/2019 18:27 EST

Hey, thanks for sharing your tips! I am an American, currently here in cluj. I've been back and forth since October trying to find ways to get an extended visa here. I was misinformed by many people in the US about visa rules in Romania.

I just found out a week ago the best way is to volunteer through an NGO. I've been calling many places, and have friends have been calling for me as well. So far only 1 place looks sort of promising to sign a contract before my 90 days is up on March 13th.

Do you know of any NGO's in need of help right now, or does your current place need help? I have IT and teaching experience.

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Joshuak
2/18/2019 21:08 EST

Look at the posts from 08/29/2018 titled "Moving from the US". and look at posts by "kevin123". Tells one how to move there by creating "business".

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johnkorst
2/19/2019 21:40 EST

Yes, but there is no Retirement Visa. Short answer is you need a Employment/Volunteer Contract. The paperwork necessary to volunteer for an NGO generates a formal contract. This plus other forms and fees will allow for a one-year Permis de Sedere, renewable yearly. After 8 years you can qualify for a permanent visa.

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Joshuak
2/23/2019 10:16 EST

If you create and register a business and pay about $100 registration fee, but then do not operate the business, no one will check and you get one year visa which I believe is renewable. Actually, there are business opportunities, especially if you get a Romanian business partner. I have a business partner operating a business out of Bucharest and Azuga , and I have EU passport as well as US so I don't need Visa. But US passport holders can still start business alone. There are other requirements just as with volunteering. Just to add some ideas, don't forget, Romania does have some seasonal Ski areas in Azuga, Sanaia and other mountain areas.

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Simonateo
3/31/2019 03:33 EST

Hi, can you please let me know what medical insurance you have? Thank you.

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Joshuak
3/31/2019 19:09 EST

You need to tell us where you are coming from and if you are of retirement age ? Insurance can be simple or a huge problem, depending what passport you now hold.

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otter
7/27/2019 13:29 EST

https://www.romaniaexperience.com/ check this web sight out. It will answer a LOT of your questions.

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