The Bureau Migration and Asylum suspends the acceptance of applications for granting/extending the right of residence and issuing a residence permit to foreigners in the Republic of Moldova during the state of emergency, except in cases of extreme necessity.
If foreigners who have a legal stay at the territory of the Republic of Moldova were unable to submit necessary documents on time to the Bureau for Migration and Asylum to grant or extend the right to stay sanctions will not be applied against them if it is established that these facts have occurred due to restrictions placed on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus epidemic.
Source: Provision №3 of March 23, 2020 of the Commission for Exceptional Situations of the Republic of Moldova.
Residence permits issued to foreigners that expire during the state of emergency are extended for 60 days.
Source: Provision №10 of March 31, 2020 of the Commission for Exceptional Situations of the Republic of Moldova.
Legal assistance in the matter of obtainment of the right for temporary stay
(Residence Permit) in the Republic of Moldova
Appeal and stay of enforcement of the decisions on expulsion of foreign citizens, as well as of the administrative proceedings on violation of the regulations on employment of foreign citizens and stateless persons.
Right for temporary stay can be granted for the purpose of employment, studies, family reunification, for carrying out of humanitarian, volunteering or religious activity; for a long-term treatment in a medical institution, for sanatorium and resort or rehabilitation treatment; for protection of trafficking victims; to foreign investors, as well as foreign citizens entitled to acquire citizenship of the Republic of Moldova in consequence of recognition or recovery of citizenship.
A foreign citizen – holder of the right for temporary stay, can also be granted the right of permanent stay in the Republic of Moldova, if he/she meets all of the following requirements:
a) has the right for legal temporary and continuous stay on the territory of the Republic of Moldova of not less than 3 years – for foreign citizens married to the citizens of the Republic of Moldova. Duration of marriage shall obligatorily be not less than 3 years;
b) has the right for legal temporary and continuous stay on the territory of the Republic of Moldova of not less than 5 years – for other categories of foreign citizens;
c) has evidence of sufficient necessary funds; this provision doesn’t apply to persons married to the citizens of the Republic of Moldova;
d) has a dwelling place;
e) speaks state language at a satisfactory level;
f) continues to comply with the conditions of entrance to the territory of the Republic of Moldova;
g) in the course of stay on the territory of the Republic of Moldova there weren’t revealed any circumstances that could cause prohibition on entrance to the territory of the Republic of Moldova;
h) has had no previous convictions over the last 3 years.
The right to permanent stay is granted for an indefinite period.