EC permanent residence permit

After a certain period of staying in Hungary the possibility of permanent residency may arise. One way to achieve this is to apply for an EC permanent residence permit the major features of which we attempt to summarize in this article. 1. Permanent residency in Hungary The relevant legislation defines the scope of third-country nationals who are considered residents in Hungary as the ones in possession of either an interim…

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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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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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How to apply for a VISA to enter the Schengen Zone

If someone has never been to Europe before, they have to ask the question if there is a need for a visa to enter the Schengen Zone. By acquiring a visa, the third country-national becomes authorized to stay in the territory of Hungary for an intended duration of no more than ninety days. For longer stays, some kind of residence permit should be applied to. 1. Visa categories The correct…

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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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Residence permit to Hungary – Through gainful activity [Residence Permit for the Pursuit of Gainful Activity]

 Third-country national entrepreneurs and executive officers may choose this option to lay the foundations of legitimate work in that capacity in the territory of Hungary. Residence permit for the purpose of gainful activity may be issued if the purpose of residence is to lawfully perform work in a self-employed capacity for remuneration or to engage in any gainful activity in the capacity of being the executive officer of a for-profit…

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Different ways of getting a residence permit in Hungary

Hungary, especially Budapest had become a desirable destination for workers all around the world in the last decades, particularly since its accession to the EU in 2004. Costs of living in Budapest are relatively small compared to other european capitals, but the standards of living are definitely high enough to encourage workers and students to come here to work or study. If you plan to work in Hungary, but you…

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