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Residence Permit for the Purpose of Visit

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 the purpose of visit may be issued to a third-country national who has a letter of invitation with official endorsement.

 

DEFINITIONS

Letter of invitation

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 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.

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 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 cover any event 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.

At the time of submitting the application the applicant shall produce his/her valid travel document. Residence permit for the purpose of visit are not renewable.

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 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 regional directorate shall adopt a decision on residence permits within 21 days.

The competent immigration authority shall deliver the document evidencing right of residence to the applicant by way of post.

In case of refusal, the decision may be appealed within 8 days of delivery, submitted to the authority of 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 9 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 9

-          Letter of Invitation

-          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 9

-          Letter of Invitation

-          Application for Replacement Residence Document

-          Application for Substitute Residence Document

 

MANDATORY ENCLOSURES

In the case of entry and residence for the purpose of visit, the purpose of entry and stay and compliance with the requirement of having a place of accommodation or place of residence in Hungary, having the necessary funds for living costs for the whole time of residence and the cost of exit, and having the necessary financial resources to cover the costs of healthcare services may be verified by a letter of invitation with official endorsement.

The host is required to provide for sending to the invitee the letter of invitation issued in immigration proceedings opened for the issue of a letter of invitation with official endorsement. The official letter of invitation shall be enclosed with the application for residence permit for the purpose of visit by the invitee.

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 for ascertaining the relevant facts of the case, except in the case of a letter of invitation with official endorsement, 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 the purpose of visit shall correspond to the duration of the commitment fixed in the letter of invitation, not exceeding one year, and it may not be extended for the purpose of visit.

The validity period of the residence permit shall be set in consideration of the date of expiry of the passport. The period of stay fixed in the residence permit is to be determined ascertaining that the travel document must be valid for at least 3 additional months beyond the date of expiry of the residence permit.

 

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 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.

• Please note that the residence permit for the purpose of visit does not constitute an entitlement to engage in gainful employment.

• Please note that the costs associated with expulsion of the invitee, if applicable, shall be borne by the person expelled or – if lacking the financial means necessary – by his/her host.

·         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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