Other types of Moldova Visas

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Applying for other types of Moldova visas

If you want to enter Moldova for long-term purposes, such as for studying or working, or you need to transit through the territory of Moldova, then you have to apply for a visa at a diplomatic mission or consular offices of Moldova:

  1. Contact a Moldova Representative Office, (such as a consulate or embassy in your country or the one responsible for your region) to make an appointment
  2. Submit the required documents for a long-stay Moldova visa
  3. Pay the visa fee
  4. Wait for the visa to be processed
  5. If approved, you can enter Moldova, where you can apply to get e Moldova residence permit

For long stays, you may need prior approval before you apply for the visa, such as a work permit for a Work Visa or being accepted into a university for a Student Visa.

Moldova Residence Permit

If you want to stay in Moldova for longer than 90 days, after entering the country on a long-stay visa, you have to apply for a residence permit from the Bureau for Migration and Asylum of Ministry of Internal Affairs. To apply for a residence permit, you must have the following documents:

  • A photocopy of your passport and long-stay visa
  • Three passport-size pictures, 5×6 mm
  • Original medical certificate
  • Proof of having paid the fee
  • Proof of housing in Moldova
  • Documents depending on the purpose of your travel, such as:
    • For family reunification: Copy of your spouse’s ID and your marriage certificate
    • For work: Copy of the work contract and the argued opinion from the National Agency for Employment
    • For studies: Acceptance into a Moldova educational institution
  • Any other documents you may be requested to submit

Additionally, foreign nationals who have lived in Moldova on a residence permit for a certain amount of time may be eligible for Moldova citizenship.

How Can I Become a Citizen of Moldova?

As a foreign-born national, you can obtain Moldova citizenship through naturalization if you fulfill one of the following conditions:

  • You have lived in Moldova with a residence permit for at least ten years
  • You have been married to a Moldovan citizen for at least three years
  • You have lived in Moldova with your Moldovan child or parent for at least three years
  • You have lived in Moldova with a residence permit for at least five years before the age of 18
  • You are a stateless citizen or recognized refugee who’s been living in Moldova (legally) for at least eight years

However, there is another – faster – way through which foreigners can obtain Moldova citizenship: by investment.

Obtaining a Moldova Citizenship Through Investment

In November of 2018, the Moldova government launched the Moldova Citizenship-by-Investment (MCBI) program. The MCBI program as the name suggests, allows wealthy individuals to obtain Moldovan citizenship by investing a substantial amount of money on Moldova’s Public Investment Fund.

The program is very attractive due to the following reasons:

  • It is very quick: It takes up to three months
  • No prior settlement in Moldova is required. You also do not need to spend any time in Moldova during or after you obtain Citizenship in order to maintain it
  • Moldova citizens have visa-free travel to over 100 countries, including the Schengen zone
  • You may apply for citizenship for your entire family
  • You may transfer your citizenship to your descendants
  • Moldova may join the European Union in the future

To obtain Moldova Citizenship through investment, you must:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Not have any criminal records
  • Make a non-refundable Contribution to the Moldova Public Investment Fund in the following amounts:
    • €100,000 for a single applicant
    • €115,000 for the main applicant and their spouse
    • €145,000 for a family of four members
    • €155,000 for a family of five or more members

You also have to pay several governmental fees during the application process, which may amount to up to tens of thousands of euros.


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