Asylum entitled individuals

The asylum request may be submitted by any person on the territory of Romania or at a border crossing point, including refugees.

A person is considered to be able to request asylum from the moment they can justify their intention, expressed in writing or verbally before the Romanian officials, explicitly requesting the protection of the State of Romania.

Procedure for obtaining asylum

Asylum requesting individuals can be either made personally by foreigners who find themselves in Romania or at a checkpoint for crossing the state official confines.

If the foreigner is a minor, the asylum application can be submitted by the legal representative.

>Minors having attained the age of 14 can apply for asylum in their own name.

If an foreigner addresses an application / memorandum / petition stating that they want some form of protection in Romania, they will be informed in writing that it is necessary to submit his demand personally to the competent authorities.

The competent authorities cannot refuse the asylum application on the grounds that it was submitted too late.

The standard asylum application form can be completed by:

the asylum seeker assisted by the official

the official designated to receive the application, in case the asylum seeker cannot write, according to the person’s oral statements

Asylum seekers benefit from the following assistance measures

Enjoy free accommodation upon demand in one of the six centers of the General Inspectorate for Immigration. These accommodation centers have living rooms and kitchens equipped properly, as well as recreational facilities (prayer rooms, clubs, playrooms, computer rooms and gyms) that are used for free by asylum seekers.

Accommodation in Regional IGI Centers involves ensuring personal hygiene and cleaning products, as well as providing material goods necessary for the preparation and cooking of food and for dining.

They benefit, on demand, if they do not dispose of material means for maintenance, of food within the amount of 10 lei / person / day, of an allowance for the purchase of clothing worth 100 lei / winter and 67 lei / hot season and for other expenses in the amount of 6 lei / person / day.

They have access to the labor market under the conditions provided by the law for Romanian citizens, after the expiry of a period of 3 months from the date of filing the asylum application, if the asylum seeker is still in the procedure of determining a form of protection.

They have access to free medical care and hospital emergency as well as medical assistance and free treatment in cases of acute or chronic illnesses.

Minor asylum seekers attending the Romanian language courses during the school year, will be enrolled after completing it in the compulsory school education system under the same conditions as Romanian citizens and minors. To ensure participation in the courses, IGI grants packages of school supplies.

They participate free of charge in cultural adaptation activities and may benefit in case of need from counseling and psychological support.

Children who are asylum seekers receive from the state the allowance for minors under the same conditions as for Romanian citizens.

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