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Which ministry has overall responsibility?

Ministry of Internal Affairs

The Ministry of Internal Affairs is responsible for the policy related to public order and safety, as well as public administration.

  • It is responsible for implementing measures and actions regarding defence  of fundamental human rights and liberties and public and private property.
  • It is in charge of preventing and countering terrorism, organised crime, illicit trafficking and use of drugs, human trafficking, irregular migration and cybercrime.
  • It develops objectives and guidelines of international activities in the area of public administration and internal affairs, according to the Government Programme and its obligations in international documents to which Romania is a party and the strategy for European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

Are there other ministries involved?

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in charge of foreign policy in Romania.
Diplomatic missions abroad
Missions abroad issue visas to non-EU citizens

Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly

The Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly is responsible for policy related to labour and employment, family, equal opportunities and social protection. 

Ministry of Education (in Romanian)

What are the implementing agencies? General Inspectorate for Immigration (in Romanian)

The General Inspectorate for Immigration, as a specialised body of the central public administration, subordinate to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, is empowered to implement policies in the fields of migration, asylum, integration of foreigners and the relevant legislation in these areas.

It is also in charge of issuing work authorisations to non-EU citizens.

National Agency for Employment (in Romanian)

National Authority for Qualifications (in Romanian)

Are there general immigration policy papers?

Government Decision 498 of 3 June 2011 approving the National Immigration Strategy for the period 2011-2014, (General Inspectorate for Immigration)

Government Decision 572 of 28 May 2008 setting up the Coordinating Group of the implementation of the National Immigration Strategy, (General Inspectorate for Immigration)

Are there impact assessments, studies and reports available?

Migration and Asylum in Romania - 2006, (General Inspectorate for Immigration)

Statistics - semester I 2009, (General Inspectorate for Immigration)

Report on the activity of combatting illegal labour of migrants (General Inspectorate for Immigration)

Activity reports 2007 - 2012 (General Inspectorate for Immigration)

What is the key legislation?

Government Emergency Ordinance No. 194 of 12 December 2002 on the regime of aliens in Romania (last amended in 2011)

Government Emergency Ordinance No. 56 of 20 June 2007 on access to the Romanian labour market of non-EU citizens (last amended in 2011)

Law No. 157/2011 on the modification of several legal acts regarding the regime of foreigners

Law No. 122 of 4 May 2006 on asylum

Government Ordinance No. 44 of 29 January 2004

Methodological Norms of 9 September 2004 (*updated*9) on the enforcement of Government Ordinance no. 44/2004

Law No. 134 of 4 July 2008

Law No. 260 of 5 October 2005

Government Emergency Ordinance No. 102 of 14 July 2005

Decision No. 1.864 of 21 December 2006 on the methodology for implementation of G.E.O 102/2005

Law No. 500 of 28 December 2006

Ordinance No. 30 of 19 July 2006

Access Romania's immigration law online

What are the national scientific research and statistical offices on immigration?

The National Institute of Statistics


The General Inspectorate for Immigration