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Residence Permit for the Purpose of Research

ELIGIBILITY

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.

 

DEFINITIONS

Third-country national: non-Hungarian citizens and stateless persons except for persons having the right of free movement and residence (EEA nationals and family members accompanying or joining an EEA national or a Hungarian citizen).

Stateless person: a person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law.

Single permit: a residence permit allowing a third-country national to enter into a contract for employment relationship with an employer and to reside legally in the territory of Hungary for the purpose of work.

Single application procedure: any procedure leading, on the basis of a single application made by a third-country national, to a decision ruling on that application for residence exceeding ninety days within a one hundred and eighty day period and for entering into a contract for employment relationship with an employer in the territory of Hungary.

 

INFORMATION ON SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS AND THE RELATED PROCESS

Requirements: the completed form and the prescribed enclosures, payment of the procedure 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 – 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 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.

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:

·         is 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;

·         is 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, 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 authorized 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, payable by the applicant in the form of revenue stamp.

The regional directorate shall rule on the application for residence permit for the purpose of research within 15 days. The applicant may request the immigration authority to send his/her residence permit by post, or he/she can collect the document personally.

Please note that the immigration authority processes applications submitted after 1 January 2016 by way of the so called summary proceeding, in cases where the administrative time limit for the proceeding is less than two months, or sixty days. If the authority is in possession of all information and all necessary conditions are available for bringing a decision and for ascertaining the relevant facts of the case, the authority is required to make the decision without delay, at the latest within 8 days. If the conditions for summary proceeding are not satisfied (some information is lacking, hence a request for remedying deficiencies or for national legal assistance is to be dispatched) the proceeding will be carried out within the normal time limit. In that case, the authority brings a conditional decision within 8 days from the date of receipt of the application for the opening of the proceeding, and informs the client that if it fails to bring a decision within 60 days after the application is received, it shall refund the procedural fee to the client and shall grant exemption from the payment of any other fees. The immigration authority shall not bring a conditional decision if a decision on the merits is adopted within 8 days from the date of the opening of the proceeding, or if the proceeding is suspended or dismissed, or if the application is refused without any examination as to merits. The provisions on summary proceedings shall not apply, and no conditional decision is to be made if a specialist authority is involved, or if the immigration authority requests the opinion of an authority provided for by specific other legislation for the protection of public security or national security.

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 the first instance shall dismiss the appeal without any examination as to merits. The administrative service fee for the appeal is HUF 5,500, payable in the form of revenue stamp.  The administrative service fee for the appeal, if submitted at a Hungarian diplomatic or consular mission, is EUR 20.

 

FORMs

Click to the following link to download the form required for the filling of the application.

- Residence Permit for the Purpose of Scientific Research

- Application to replace residence document

- Application to substitute residence document

 

Forms in PDF can be downloaded and filled in handwritten:

- Residence Permit for the Purpose of Scientific Research

- Application to replace residence document

- Application to 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 or scientific purposes, or for 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 for a stay 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.

 

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 valid letter of invitation with an official certificate affixed;

·         a document in proof of ownership of the residential property, in the form of abstract of title 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 ON 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. 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.

 

VALIDITY PERIOD

The validity period of a residence permit granted for the purpose of research shall correspond to the duration of the hosting agreement, not exceeding five years, and it may be extended by a duration corresponding to any extension of the hosting agreement, not exceeding five years.

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 required to promptly report 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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