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Residence Permit for the Purpose of Research

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

ELIGIBILITY

Researcher: a third-country national who holds a doctoral degree or an appropriate higher education qualification which gives that third-country national access to doctoral programs, who entered the territory of a Member State and is staying there, and who is selected by a research organisation for carrying out a research activity for which such qualification is normally required.

 

A residence permit for the purpose of research may be issued to a third-country national:

• seeking admission to the territory of Hungary for the purposes of carrying out a research project under a hosting agreement concluded with a research organisation accredited under specific other legislation; and

• the research organisation provides a written commitment for reimbursing the costs of expulsion in cases where the researcher remains in the territory of Hungary past the period authorised – if the researcher does not have the financial means necessary.

 

A residence permit for the purpose of research may not be issued:

·         to any third-country national who has applied for refugee status to the refugee authority, or who requested any subsidiary form of protection or temporary protection from the refugee authority;

·         to any person who has been granted refugee status, or any subsidiary form of protection or temporary protection in Hungary;

·         to exiles;

·         to any third-country national whose expulsion has been suspended for reasons of fact or of law;

·         to any person authorised under specific other legislation to exercise the right of free movement and residence;

·         to any third-country national holding an EC permanent residence permit certifying long-term residence status granted by any Member State of the European Union;

·         to third-country nationals who come to the Union as trainee employees in the context of an intra-corporate transfer;

·         to third-country nationals who are admitted to the Union for the purpose of employment as highly qualified workers.

 

DEFINITIONS

Third-country national

Research organisation

Stateless person

Single permit

Single application procedure

 

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.

When the application is submitted, the applicant’s facial likeness and fingerprint will be taken for the residence permit issued with biometric data. The third-country national 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.

 If the decision of the regional directorate is in favour of 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 based on the regional directorate’s decision.

Moreover, 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 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 the purpose of stay exceeding ninety days within a one hundred and eighty day period is research.

Applications for the issue or extension of residence permit for the purpose of research are examined by the competent authority within the framework of a single application procedure. In the single application procedure the regional directorate shall issue the single permit without contacting the government agency responsible for the place of employment, as specialist authority, if other statutory provisions are satisfied and if the third-country national:

·        being a researcher working within the framework of an international agreement between Hungary and another State, provided that this is verified by a certificate issued by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences;

·        being a researcher carrying out research in Hungary under a hosting agreement concluded with a research organisation accredited according to the Government Decree on the Accreditation of Research Organisations Hosting Researchers Who Are Third-country Nationals, and on Hosting Agreements;

 

Please, click here to access detailed information on the single application procedure.

 

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 30 days before it expires at the latest, with the necessary documents attached. Where the purpose of residence of a third-country national is research, the validity period of his/her travel document need to cover only the authorised duration of residence.

If the application is submitted at a diplomatic or consular mission, the administrative service fee charged for the procedure for issuing a residence permit is EUR 60, payable at that diplomatic or consular mission 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

 

The administrative time limit in proceedings opened for determining an application is 15 days. In the proceedings for the issue of a residence permit for the purpose of research the regional directorate shall adopt a decision on the merits within 60 days from the date of submission of the application.

The competent immigration authority shall deliver the document evidencing right of residence to the applicant 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 to 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 8 completed.

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 8

-          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 8

-          Application for Replacement Residence Document

-          Application for Substitute Residence Document

 

MANDATORY ENCLOSURES

DOCUMENTS VERIFYING THE PURPOSE OF RESIDENCE

The purpose of research may be verified by:

• a hosting agreement concluded with an accredited research organisation.

In the case of persons entering for educational, teaching, scientific, training or advanced training within the framework of an international agreement, international co-operation, or inter-governmental aid program, the purpose of residence may be verified by a certificate made out by the minister in charge of education or the higher educational institution.

Persons entering for educational, teaching or scientific purposes, of for training or advanced training within the framework of an international agreement, international co-operation, or inter-governmental aid program are entitled to a residence permit for official purposes if they have a long-term visa for official purposes.

 

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.

In proceedings for the issue of residence permits, the requirement of subsistence may be verified by the following:

·        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;

·        other reliable means.

 

NOTIFICATION OF GENUINE HUNGARIAN HOME ADDRESS

Applicants of residence permits for the purpose of research are required to indicate in the application form a genuine Hungarian address as a place of accommodation. For the notification no separate document is required.

 

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.

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 for a residence permit for the purposes of research is minimum one and maximum five years, if the validity period of the hosting agreement is less than one year it shall correspond to the validity period of the hosting agreement. The validity period of a residence permit for the purpose of research may be extended by a period corresponding to the duration of the hosting agreement, not exceeding two years at a time.

The validity period of the residence permit shall be set in consideration of the date of expiry of the passport. Where the purpose of residence of a third-country national is research, the validity period of his/her travel document need to cover only the authorised duration of residence.

                                                                                             

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 retain 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 abode 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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