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ELIGIBILITY

A national visa or national residence permit may be issued under international agreement to third-country nationals seeking admission into the territory of Hungary:

• to pursue activities to preserve and maintain the Hungarian language;

• to pursue activities intended to preserve cultural and national identity;

• for the purpose of learning and enlightenment in an establishment other than a secondary or higher education institution recognised by the State;

• for the purpose of furthering family ties, other than family reunification.

A national residence permit may be issued to a third-country national who has a valid national visa.

An application for national visa and national residence permit may be submitted under international agreement by Ukrainian and Serbian citizens.

 

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.

National visa: a visa for single or multiple entry and for stays exceeding ninety days within a one hundred and eighty day period in the territory of Hungary under international agreement.

 

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.

Citizens of Serbia may submit an application for national visa at the Hungarian diplomatic or consular mission at Belgrade or Szabadka, whereas Ukrainian citizens may do so at the Hungarian diplomatic or consular mission at Kiev, Ungvár and Beregszász.

Visa application may be submitted free of charge, on the prescribed form. National visa applications are examined and decided by the Immigration and Asylum Office within 15 days.

The resolution adopted for the refusal of an application for national visa, or for the revocation of such visas may not be appealed.

 

Application for National Residence Permit

After their entry, national visa holders are eligible to receive a residence permit free of charge, consistent with the note indicated on the visa sticker, to be issued by the regional directorates of the Immigration and Asylum Office without having to lodge a separate application.

National visa holders are required to appear in person at the regional directorate responsible for the place of their residence within 90 days from the time of first entry, at the latest 30 days before their national visa expires, for receiving the residence permit.

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.

The competent regional directorates of the Immigration and Asylum Office shall issue the national residence permit without delay.

The first national residence permit is provided free of charge.

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. 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 extension of a residence permit is HUF 10,000, payable in the form of revenue stamp at the time of application.

The regional directorate shall adopt a decision concerning applications for the extension of residence permit within 21 days. The applicant may request the immigration authority to send his/her residence permit by post, or he/she can collect the document personally.

In case of refusal the applicant may appeal the decision submitted to the authority of the first instance within 8 days after the decision was delivered. The administrative service fee for the appeal is HUF 5,500, payable in the form of revenue stamp.

 

FORMs

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

- National Residence Permit
- Application to replace residence document
- Application to substitute residence document

Forms in PDF can be downloaded and filled in handwritten:

- National Residence Permit

- Application to replace residence document
- Application to substitute residence document

 

MANDATORY ENCLOSURES

DOCUMENTS VERIFYING THE PURPOSE OF RESIDENCE

• if the purpose of entry is to maintain family ties, family relationship may be verified by the appropriate document (e.g. registrar certificate);

• if the purpose of entry is the pursuit of studies, the purpose of residence may be verified by a certificate of admission from the relevant educational institution;

• if the visa is requested for the purpose of pursuing activities to preserve and maintain the Hungarian language, or activities intended to preserve cultural and national identity, the applicant is to give account of his/her command of the Hungarian language, and regarding his/her dedication to Hungarian culture by completing the visa application in Hungarian and/or in the course of personal interview, and shall present his/her Hungarian Nationality Card, or provide proof of membership in an organisation committed to Hungarian culture.

 

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.

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

• funds held on bank accounts;

• a certificate issued by the employer and/or tax authority as proof of regular income received from abroad;

• other documents.

 

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;

• a document in proof of ownership of the residential property, in the form of abstract of title issued within 30 days to date;

• a valid letter of invitation with an official certificate affixed;

• documentary evidence to verify the reservation of accommodation and payment;

• 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 in accordance with specific other legislation, or with refugee status, promising a place of abode to the applicant; or

• 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 national visa is maximum five years.

The validity period for a national residence permit is maximum 5 years, and it may be extended by maximum 5 additional years at a time.

The validity period of the national visa and residence permit shall be set in consideration of the date of expiry of the passport. The period of stay 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.

• Please note that the national long-term visa and the national residence permit does not constitute an entitlement to engage in gainful employment, or to pursue studies or participating in an advanced scientific training program. If you plan to engage in gainful employment, or if you have enrolled at a secondary or higher educational institution, a residence permit has to be obtained for such new purpose at the regional directorate of the Immigration and Asylum Office responsible for the place where the place of accommodation is located.

• A third-country national staying at facilities other than commercial lodgings which are required to keep guest books is required to register such accommodation if he/she plans to remain in Hungary for over thirty days from the date of entry. The notification shall be submitted on the prescribed form within three days from the date of entry (hereinafter referred to as “registration form”) to the regional directorate (Branch) of the Immigration and Asylum Office responsible for the place where the place of accommodation is located.

• 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) 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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