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CONTENT

Please note that the procedural rules relating to the official endorsement of letters of invitation have changed with effect from 1 January 2018.

ELIGIBILITY

A request for a letter of invitation may be presented by:

·         a Hungarian citizen;

·         a third-country national with immigrant or permanent resident status, or who has been granted refugee status or subsidiary protection in Hungary and holding a long-term visa or a residence permit;

·         a person with the right of free movement and residence; and

·         a Hungarian legal person or unincorporated entity or a foreign legal person or unincorporated entity that is established or registered in Hungary.

 

The host undertakes a commitment in a letter of invitation to provide room and board and financial support for the invited person during his/her stay in the territory of Hungary, and, unless an international treaty provides otherwise, to cover the costs of medical care and the costs of exit of such person.

If the host is a legal person, the rights and obligation of such host defined in this Act shall accrue upon its successor under civil law. If the host is a natural person, the obligation of such host defined in this Act shall accrue upon the natural person heir under civil law in the event of his/her death.

 

DEFINITIONS

Third-country national

Stateless person

 

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.

A request for having the official endorsement affixed on the letter of invitation is to be submitted in person, or by the authorised representative if the host is a legal person, at the regional directorate of jurisdiction by reference to the requesting person’s permanent or temporary residence or place of accommodation, or the registered office of the legal person. An exemption from having to submit the request in person may be requested in exceptional cases, if so justified by the host’s health condition, at the competent regional immigration authority.

The costs of the procedure is HUF 4,000, 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 “Letter of Invitation” 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 regional directorate shall evaluate requests for a letter of invitation within 15 days, or within eight days if the entry and stay of the invited third-country national is desired on the grounds of substantial national interest of Hungary in the field of economics, culture, science or sports.

In case of refusal the applicant may appeal the decision submitted to the authority of first instance within 15 days after the decision was delivered. If the appeal is lodged in delay or if made by a person other than the party entitled to do so, and 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 charged for the appeal certificate is HUF 5,500, 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 “Letter of Invitation 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

Click on the following link to download the prescribed form in Word required for submitting the application.

- Letter of Invitation

 

Forms in PDF can be downloaded and filled in handwritten:

- Letter of Invitation


MANDATORY ENCLOSURES

Provision of accommodation may be verified in particular with:

·         a document in proof of ownership of the residential property where accommodation is provided, in the form of abstract of title issued within 30 days to date;

·         a residential lease contract or statement of accommodation;

·         proof of reservation in a commercial lodging;

·        other reliable means.

The requirement of adequate financial means of subsistence may, in particular, be verified:

·         if the host is a natural person:

o   by an income certificate issued by the employer;

o   by account balance statement or bank statement of transactions;

o   by an income certificate issued by the tax authority;

·         if the host is a legal person:

o   by a certificate issued by the tax authority;

o   by account balance statement or bank statement of transactions;

During the process, the immigration authority may request further documents 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. Under special circumstances the applicant may submit requisite documents to the competent immigration authority in person as well, however, such circumstances must be justified.

 

VALIDITY PERIOD

The competent authority shall specify the validity period of a letter of invitation in days, determined with regard to all prevailing circumstances.

The maximum validity period of a letter of invitation is 365 days.

 

ACCRUED RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

• Each copy of the letter of invitation must be signed by the host.

• The authority shall deliver the letter of invitation to the host. The responsibility for having it delivered to the invitee lies with the host.

• The letter of invitation shall not in itself constitute an entitlement to enter the territory of Hungary.

• The costs associated with expulsion shall be borne by the person expelled or – if lacking the financial means necessary – by his/her host.

If the host is a legal person, the rights and obligation of such host defined in this Act shall accrue upon its successor under civil law. If the host is a natural person, the obligation of such host defined in this Act shall accrue upon the natural person heir under civil law in the event of his/her death.

 

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