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Residence Permit for Official Purposes

Please note that the procedural rules relating to the issue of residence permits have changed with effect from 1 January 2018.

ELIGIBILITY

A residence permit for official purposes may be issued to a third-country national:

  •       who enjoys any special privileges and immunities under diplomatic relations or international law, or is a family member of such person;
  •       who is a member of an official delegation of a foreign state or a foreign government body, or an international organisation;
  •       who is a journalist;
  •       seeking admission within the framework of an international convention, international cooperation or an intergovernmental aid programme in the field of education, science or culture or participating in continuing professional training;
  •       who is a staff member of a scientific, educational and cultural institution operating in Hungary under an international convention or seeking admission in connection with the activities of such institutions.

Please note that if studies in an institution of higher education, scientific research organisation are pursued, or vocational training or continuing professional training takes place outside the framework of international agreement or international cooperation, foreign students may apply for residence permit for the purpose of study, research, student mobility, researcher’s long-term mobility or for unspecified purposes, and/or for a short-term mobility certificate for the purpose of research or student mobility certificate.

 

DEFINITIONS

Third-country national

Stateless person

 

INFORMATION ON SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS AND THE RELATED PROCESS

Requirements: the completed form, facial photograph made not more than three months previously, and the prescribed enclosures, payment of the procedural fee.

Please note that when submitting the application the applicant is required to appear before the authority in person, except if unable to appear due to his/her health condition. If the applicant is a minor of limited capacity or if incompetent, the application may be submitted by the applicant’s legal representative in his/her stead. If the minor client has reached the age of six years at the time the application is submitted, he/she shall be required to appear in person when the application is submitted. The responsibility for ascertaining the minor’s physical presence before the immigration authority lies with the legal representative.

When the application is submitted, the applicant’s facial likeness and – over the age of six years – fingerprint will be taken for the residence permit issued with biometric data. The third-country national affected is obliged to abide by, and perforce tolerate, that procedure.

Except as provided for by law, an application for residence permit may be submitted to any consulate officer of Hungary, or at any other place authorised to accept applications for residence permit located in the country where the applicant’s permanent or temporary residence is located, or in the country of the applicant’s nationality. Third-country nationals may apply for an entry visa for receiving a residence permit before admission to the country in the application for residence permit, without having to lodge a separate application.

Issuing visas for a validity period not exceeding ninety days within a one hundred and eighty day period to persons whose entry is desirable for political reasons falls within the competence of the minister in charge of foreign policies as laid down in specific other legislation.

If the immigration authority approves the application for residence permit, it shall constitute approval for the issue of an entry visa for receiving a residence permit, of which the competent consulate officer shall be notified. The entry visa for receiving a residence permit shall be issued by the competent consulate officer.

Please note that D visas for entitlement to receive a residence permit issued to third-country nationals are single-entry visas authorising a stay of not more than 30 days, therefore we recommend to visit the regional directorate of the Immigration and Asylum Office responsible for the place where their future accommodation is located (or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade if the decision was made by the minister in charge of foreign policies) as soon as possible after entering Hungary in order to receive the residence permit and register such Hungarian accommodation.

Apart from the submission of applications for residence permit at Hungarian diplomatic mission as a general rule, Hungarian law also provides for the possibility of submitting such applications in Hungary as well. Third-country nationals residing in the territory of Hungary may submit an application for residence permit at the regional directorate responsible for the place where the place of accommodation of the third-country national is located if examination of such application falls outside the competence of the minister in charge of foreign policies and if there are special circumstances to justify submission of the application in Hungary, or if the purpose of stay exceeding ninety days within a one hundred and eighty day period is research or if lawfully residing in the territory of Hungary as a national of the States listed in Annex II of Council Regulation 539/2001/EC, or together with such third-country national in the capacity of a family member. The special circumstance referred to above shall, in particular, cover any event related to medical treatment, family reunification or occupational activity that has occurred for reasons beyond the third-country national’s control, and that prevents to have the application submitted at a place normally prescribed under general provisions set out by law.

The application for extension of the residence permit shall be submitted in person at the regional directorate responsible for the place where the place of accommodation is located (or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade if the decision was made by the minister in charge of foreign policies) 30 days before it expires, with the necessary documents attached. At the time of submitting the application the applicant shall produce his/her valid travel document. The passport must be valid for at least 3 additional months beyond the date of expiry of the residence permit.

The administrative service fee charged for the procedure for issuing a residence permit is EUR 60, payable at the diplomatic mission of Hungary primarily in EUR or other convertible currency, or in exceptional cases in the legal tender of the State where the application is submitted. The administrative service fee charged for the procedure is HUF 18,000 if submitted in Hungary. The fee charged for the extension of a residence permit is HUF 10,000.

The costs of the procedure is payable by way of electronic payment instrument (bank card) or in the form of bank deposit (using the cheque supplied by the regional directorate). In respect of yellow cheques, in the “comment” box the client’s name and date of birth, and the case type “Application for Residence Permit” shall be indicated.

If you wish to ask for an invoice on the payment of the procedural fee, click on the link below:

Invoice request on payment of procedural fee

 

With the exception of single application procedures, the competent authority shall adopt a decision on residence permits within 21 days. The competent immigration authority shall deliver the residence permit document to the client by way of post. The applicant may collect the residence permit document at the competent immigration authority in person if able to evidence that he/she is not in a position to receive the residence permit document at the mailing address given, however, he/she is required to prove such circumstances.

In case of refusal, the decision may be appealed within 8 days of delivery, submitted with the authority of the first instance, or at the Hungarian diplomatic or consular mission where the application was submitted. If the applicant introduces any new evidence in the appeal, of which he/she was aware before the decision was adopted, or if the appeal is lodged without showing cause, the authority of first instance shall dismiss the appeal without any examination as to merits.

The administrative service fee for the appeal is EUR 20 if submitted at a diplomatic or consular mission, payable primarily in EUR or other convertible currency, exceptionally, in the currency of the State where the application is submitted, or HUF 5,500 if submitted in Hungary, payable by way of electronic payment instrument (bank card) or in the form of bank deposit (using the cheque supplied by the regional directorate). In the “comment” box the client’s name and date of birth, and the case type - “Residence Permit Appeal” shall be indicated.

If you wish to ask for an invoice on the payment of the procedural fee, click on the link below:

Invoice request on payment of procedural fee

 

FORMS

The application shall be submitted with the form “Application for Residence Permit” and Appendix 6 completed and printed.

If the applicant is travelling together with his/her minor child, shown in his/her passport, Appendix “A” must be completed and enclosed with the application.

 

Forms optimised for Microsoft Word to be completed electronically:

-          Application for Residence Permit and Appendix 6

-          Application for Replacement Residence Document

-          Application for Substitute Residence Document

 

Forms available for downloading in PDF format, to be filled out manually:

-          Application for Residence Permit and Appendix 6

-          Application for Replacement Residence Document

-          Application for Substitute Residence Document

 

MANDATORY ENCLOSURES

DOCUMENTS VERIFYING THE PURPOSE OF RESIDENCE

The official purpose may be verified by:

  •       a statement from the host institution about the employment, training or advanced training of the applicant;
  •       a certificate made out by the Ministry of Human Capacities or the higher educational institution verifying the purpose of residence of persons entering for educational, teaching, scientific, training or advanced training within the framework of an international agreement, international cooperation, or inter-governmental aid program;
  •       the minister responsible for education in the case of lecturers, secondary school and high school teachers, and research fellows staying in Hungary within the framework of bilateral educational projects;
  •       in case of journalists, a certificate of accreditation made out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

DOCUMENTS IN PROOF OF MEANS OF SUBSISTENCE IN HUNGARY

A third-country national is considered to have sufficient resources to cover his/her subsistence for residence exceeding ninety days within a one hundred and eighty day period if his/her lawful income or assets or his/her family member’s income or assets is sufficient to cover their living expenses, including accommodation, return travel, and if necessary, healthcare.

The requirement of subsistence may, in particular, be verified by:

  •       a statement from a Hungarian or foreign financial institution concerning the applicant’s bank account;
  •       an income certificate issued by the tax authority for the previous year;
  •       an income certificate issued by the employer;
  •       a certificate issued by the employer and/or tax authority as proof of regular income received from abroad;
  •       a notarised statement made by a family member with the right of residence in Hungary as holding a long-term visa or residence permit, with immigrant or permanent resident status, holding a residence card or a permanent residence card, or with refugee status, promising to support the applicant, along with a document in proof of the family member’s ability to provide such support; or
  •       other reliable means.

 

DOCUMENTS PROVING THE EXISTENCE OF HUNGARIAN ACCOMMODATION

The place of Hungarian accommodation must be a property shown in the real estate register as a residential building or detached house, or any similar property suitable for habitation (minimum 6 square meters of living space per person) or a commercial or other accommodation deemed appropriate by law.

Compliance with the requirement of accommodation in Hungary may be verified by:

  •       a residential lease contract in proof of the rental of a residence;
  •       a document on accommodation by courtesy;
  •       documentary evidence to verify the reservation of accommodation and payment;
  •       a statement on boarding (dormitory) services;
  •       a document in proof of ownership of the residential property, by means of a certified copy of title deed issued within 30 days to date;
  •       a real estate sales contract and a copy of the decision of the competent Budapest or county government agency granting permission for the acquisition of a real estate property;
  •       other documents.

 

DOCUMENTS PROVING THE EXISTENCE OF COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INSURANCE

Enclosed with the application for residence permit the applicant shall provide proof of having access to comprehensive health insurance services (in particular on the basis of specific other legislation on the social security system, international agreement, or under specific agreement), or that he/she has the necessary financial resources to cover the costs of such services.

 

DOCUMENTS EVIDENCING THE CONDITIONS OF EXIT

The conditions of exit may be verified by:

• a valid passport or the permits necessary for the third-country national for returning to his/her country of origin, or to the country he/she indicates;
• and a valid ticket for departure, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket, or a means of transport lawfully used by the third-country national.

Enclosed with the application the third-country national is required to provide a statement undertaking the commitment of voluntary departure from the territory of the Member States of the European Union if the application is refused.

 

Moreover, a minor third-country national shall provide proof that his/her parent or legal representative gave permission for his/her stay in Hungary, for the duration of the planned stay. Parental consent may be evidenced by a statement executed in a private document representing conclusive evidence or an authentic instrument, with Hungarian or English translation.

During the process, the immigration authority may request further documents, apart from the mandatory enclosures, for ascertaining the relevant facts of the case, and may take further procedural steps as well. The administrative time limit shall not include the length of time between the receipt of the notice for remedying deficiencies until the time of compliance.

After the application is submitted the applicant or his/her representative shall be able attach documents by way of post or electronically.

 

VALIDITY PERIOD

The validity period of a residence permit issued for official purposes shall correspond to the duration of service, training or continuing professional training, not exceeding three years, and it may be extended by the duration corresponding to any extension of the service, training or continuing professional training, not exceeding three years at a time.

However, the validity of the travel document should be taken into consideration, for, on general principle, the authorised duration of residence is to be determined so that the validity period of the third-country national’s travel document has at least three months remaining at the time the authorised duration of residence expires.

 

ACCRUED RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

A third-country national holding a valid residence permit has the right of entry without a visa and the right of residence in the territory of Schengen Member States not exceeding ninety days within a one hundred and eighty day period.

Third-country nationals shall keep the duplicate copy of the accommodation registration form in proof of compliance with the registration requirement. Third-country nationals are required to safeguard the confirmation slip received upon notification of the place of accommodation and to carry it on their person at all times. When relocating, third-country nationals shall notify the regional directorate of jurisdiction by reference to the place where the new place of lodging is located within three days.

Third-country nationals holding a residence permit shall report the birth of a child – who is also a third-country national – in the territory of Hungary and shall simultaneously supply the following information:

- the natural identification data of the child as provided for by law;

- particulars of the child’s travel document;

- address of the child’s place of accommodation or home address.

Third-country nationals are obliged to report without delay to the immigration authority [the regional directorate of the Immigration and Asylum Office, any police station, or the competent Hungarian diplomatic or consular mission when staying abroad] if their travel document or residence permit is lost, stolen or destroyed. The immigration authority shall confirm receipt of such report in writing. The immigration authority shall be immediately notified in the event that a travel document, which was presumed lost and reported as such, is found subsequently.

 

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