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Assisted Humanitarian Voluntary Return

Are you a citizen of a state outside the European Union and the European Economic Area, has your right to reside in Romania expired, have you entered illegally or have you applied for asylum and do not have your own means to return to your country of origin?

The Romanian authorities offer you an alternative to the forced removal from the Romanian territory. Thus, you can enroll in the assisted voluntary repatriation program carried out by the International Organization for Migration - Representation in Romania, jointly with the Government of Romania.

Who can benefit from this program?

The beneficiaries of this program can be, according to art.1 paragraph 4 of Law 374/2003, the following categories of persons:

a) the persons whose applications for granting refugee status have been definitively and irrevocably rejected by the competent Romanian authorities;

b) asylum seekers who have given up the procedure for granting refugee status or foreign nationals who have given up another form of protection previously granted under the Law on the status and status of refugees in Romania;

c) other persons obliged by the competent authorities to leave the territory of Romania as a result of an administrative decision or regarding the conditions for issuing such decisions.


Do not benefit from this program!

If you are a citizen of a non-EU / EEA state and against you the courts have ordered the security of expulsion, you have been declared an undesirable person for Romania or you have previously benefited from this program, you cannot register for the assisted humanitarian voluntary repatriation.


What are the benefits of this program?

As a beneficiary of this program you enjoy a number of facilities. These are:

a) you can choose your own place and time of departure, within a reasonable time and in agreement with the IOM representation in Romania (in accordance with Article 2 paragraph 3 of Law 374/2003);

b) you will not be escorted and handed over to the authorities of the country of origin;

c) your travel documents will not have any mention of removal, and the authorities of the country of origin will not be notified of your return;

d) the entry ban in Romania could be reduced by half, in the cases provided by law.


For further information or to enroll in the program you can contact the International Organization for Migration (IOM) - the Office for Romania or contact us to help you!

Our team can also answer questions about residency in Romania, as well as the right to acquire permanent residence once a foreign individual has been lawfully living in the country for at least five years. In order for a permanent stay to be taken into consideration, the applicant will need to have had valid residence permits, renewed as needed. Our team can give you more details.