FAQ – Hungarian Immigration Law (VISA, Residence Permit etc.)

In this article we collected the answers to the questions often occurring regarding Hungarian immigration procedures and immigration law. If you are thinking about staying in Hungary – whether short or long term – we believe you will find this list useful. Before you jump onto the list please note that immigration law in Hungary is a complex field of law and each type of visa, residence permit and permanent…

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Verifying the purpose of residence

The purpose of the stay is an important aspect of residency in Hungary for third-country nationals.  It is not only required by law to justify the purpose of entry and stay but from a practical point of view it is essential for choosing the right forms to submit. Attaching a birth certificate is reasonable for family reunification purposes but that would be of no use proving employment relationship. In this…

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Obligations after receiving the residence permit

Any third-country national holding a valid residence permit is entitled to enter Hungary and stay for more than ninety day within any one hundred and eighty day period during the validity of the permit. However, they also have additional obligations during residency especially in case of future extension intent. 1. Residence permit Third-country nationals shall preserve their residence permit and they are obligated to promptly notify the immigration authority if…

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General rules of residency

Although there are several residence permit types, each with different requirements for third-country nationals who wish to enter and stay in Hungary for more than ninety days within any one hundred eighty day period, some overlaps can be detected. The so-called general rules apply to every residence permit, and just like in the case of regulations regarding the right of residence for an intended duration of no more than ninety…

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Residence permit for the purpose of employment

Despite of the obvious interpretation, a residence permit for the purpose of employment shall not only be applied to in case of a traditional employment relationship. Definition There are two cases when the issuance of this permit is reasonable as specified in point (2) of Section 20 of the Act II of 2007: “A residence permit for the purpose of employment may be issued to third-country nationals: a) whose purpose…

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Third country nationals on the hungarian labor market

The employment of a third-country national in Hungary is subject to a work permit, except as provided by law. The proper residence permit usually must be requested by the future employer or the hosting entity from the competent government office. It is a general condition that the third-country national has to have the necessary expertise and qualifications. Quantitative restrictions regarding work permits There is an annual limit on the maximum…

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Overview of immigration procedures in Hungary

A person who is not an EEA citizen or a family member of one* may travel to Hungary with a valid visa or shall apply for a residence permit depending on the intended duration of the stay. If this period does not exceed 90 days within 180 days, third-country nationals are entitled to travel to the Schengen area, therefore Hungary, with a Schengen visa issued by a member state. Depending…

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Where to find Hungarian birth, marriage and death certificates? – Simplified Naturalization Procedure

If you want to prove your origins to a certain authority or want to start a naturalization procedure, or simply want to research the history of your family or the life of your ancestors, then birth, marriage and death certificates can provide you with a lot of useful information. It is often very important to have those certificates, but it can be difficult to find them, especially when you only…

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How to get visa to Hungary and the different types of visas

The Schengen Area is a border-free zone, established by the Schengen Agreement, in which the member states acknowledged the abolishment of their internal borders. The purpose of this agreement is to facilitate the free and unrestricted movement of people, goods, services and capital between member states and to apply common rules for controlling external borders. The Schengen Area consists of 22 member states, most of them are members of the…

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Obtaining Hungarian citizenship through simplified naturalization procedure

Foreign citizens who have never been Hungarian citizens before may acquire Hungarian citizenship by naturalisation. Persons who meet the necessary requirements may apply for simplified naturalization procedure. It is important to know, that when applying for Hungarian citizenship in the simplified naturalization procedure, it is a legal requirement to understand and communicate in Hungarian language on a sufficient level, and to be able to present the application independently and to…

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