Identity and travel documents

The temporary identity document attests the identity, the right to stay in Romania as an asylum seeker and the residence. During the asylum procedure, the validity of the document will be periodically extended, depending on the stage of the proceedings.

In order to extend the validity of the temporary identity document, the applicant will submit personally a standard application form at the counter of the competent structure of the Directorate of Asylum and Integration, accompanied by proof of residence if they are not staying in one of the regional centers for procedures and accommodation of asylum seekers.

In case the asylum seekers do not possess a national passport, on the temporary identity document issued by the General Inspectorate for Immigration it will be mentioned "Declared Identity"

In order to benefit from the rights provided by law, the asylum seeker is assigned a personal identity number which will be inscribed on the temporary identity document. The personal identity number is assigned immediately after the registration of the asylum application in the database, depending on the residence of the asylum seeker.

 

Documents that are issued to people with a form of protection in Romania

1. The residence permit

The beneficiaries of a form of protection in Romania have the right to obtain the appropriate documents to prove their identity and to cross the state border.

To that effect, the foreigner must benefit from one form of protection, that is refugee status or subsidiary protection. The applicant will submit in person the application for the issuing of the residence permit.

 

In order to certify the residence, the beneficiary of the form of protection is required to submit one of the following documents: ownership title, lease contract registered at the tax office, authenticated bailment or any other act concluded validly according to the Romanian legislation in force regarding property, in order to prove the acquiring of housing rights.

Residence permits are issued as soon as possible after the granting of international protection in Romania, for a period of 3 years in the case of individuals having received refugee status, or for a period of 2 years, for persons who were granted protection subsidiary. After expiration, a new residence permit with the same validity period will be issued. There are no fees for issuing the residence permit.

 

2. Travel document

Border crossing documents will be issued on request to the foreigners receiving a form of protection in Romania, namely refugee status or subsidiary protection.

The applicant will personally submit the application for the release of the electronic travel document.

In order to certify the residence, the beneficiary of the form of protection is required to submit one of the following documents: ownership title, lease contract registered at the tax office, authenticated bailment or any other act concluded validly according to the Romanian legislation in force regarding property, in order to prove the acquiring of housing rights.

For the issuing of an electronic travel document the person must pay a fee 258 lei in any C.E.C. office in the account of the National Company "IMPRIMERIA NAȚIONALĂ" S.A. RO29CECEB00130RON2431503 (the payment will be labeled: documents / foreigners passports), representing the cost of the passport.

The electronic travel document is issued on request to the beneficiaries of refugee or subsidiary protection for a period of 2 years with no possibility of extending the validity period. After expiration, a new travel document will be issued with the same validity.

In the case of foreigners benefitting from refugee status or subsidiary protection who are abroad and do not possess valid travel documents, the diplomatic missions or consular offices of Romania, with the approval of the General Inspectorate for Immigration, will provide them with travel documents valid only for the return to Romania. The validity of the travel title is at most 30 days and ceases with the holder’s entry on Romanian territory."

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