Moldova (formerly Moldavia) is an independent Democratic Republic landlocked between Romania and the Ukraine. Even though its citizens are well educated, it is among the poorest countries in Europe, according to the Radio Free Europe website. About a quarter of working aged Moldavians are living and working outside their homeland. The Moldavian government allows its expatriate citizens to renew their passports without having to return to Moldavia. Passport renewals can be processed through the Moldavian Embassy in the country the expatriate is working in.
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Gather the required documents. You will need your birth certificate, documents of changes in civil status (marriage, divorce, change of surname) issued by foreign countries, official documentation that you are in the country legally (a notarised copy of your green card for example if reapplying for a passport while living in the United States), proof of blood type, and a passport application filled out in Romanian using block letters.
Get passport pictures taken. You will need to provide three colour photos: one 1.5-inch-by-1.8-inch colour photo and two 3.5-inch-by-5-inch colour photographs. The photos should have a white background printed on matt paper.
Purchase a £97 (U.S., as of November 2010) money order made out to the Embassy of Moldova. You will also need a postage-paid self-addressed envelope.
Mail all the required documentation, photographs and the fee to the nearest Embassy of Moldova.
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- The Embassy of Moldova phone number in the U.S. is 202-667-1130.
- In Canada, it is 416-955-9175.
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