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Residence Permit for the Purpose of Studies

ENTITLED PERSONS

Residence permit for studying purposes can be issued for a person, who

- wishes to reside in Hungary to study on full-time basis in an accredited secondary- or higher educational institute, or
- to participate in a preparatory course for higher education organized by a higher educational institute, and
- certifies that he has the knowledge of language necessary for his studies.

A person entering the country as part of an international treaty, international cooperation or government-level relief-program for study, educational, scientific, qualification or training purposes is entitled for a residence permit for official purposes.

DEFINITIONS

Third country national: not Hungarian citizens and stateless persons except persons with the right of free movement and residence (EEA nationals and accompanying family members of EEA citizens and Hungarian citizens).

Stateless person: who is not recognised as a citizen by any states.

INFORMATION ON SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS AND THE RELATED PROCESS

Requirements: a completed form, the required annexes and the payment of the processing fee.

Please note that when submitting the application to the authority, the applicant is required to appear in person, unless the foreigner is unable to appear due to his/her state of health.

While submitting the application, a photo portrait and, at applicants over 6 years of age, fingerprints will be taken for the issuing of the residence permit which contains biometric data. The applicant is expected to tolerate this procedure.

Residence permit applications, with exceptions specified in the law, shall be submitted at the consular officer or at other locations authorized to receive residence permit applications which operates in the country of the applicant's permanent residence or nationality. The third country national can apply for the issuance of a residence permit visa, without applying for this particularly, in a permanent residence application prior to his/her entry to Hungary.

When the regional directorate grants the issuance of the residence permit, it permits the issuance of the residence permit visa simultaneously and notifies the consular officer. The permanent residence visa is issued, based on the decision of the regional directorate, by the consular officer.

Furthermore, we would like to draw attention to the fact that third country nationals possessing permanent residence visa are entitled to enter to Hungary once and stay for 30 days, therefore we recommend to visit the responsible regional directorate of the Office of Immigration and Nationality after the entry to Hungary as soon as possible in order to receive the residence permit and register accommodation in Hungary.

The Hungarian law allows not only the application for issuance of a residence permit at a foreign representation of Hungary, but also the application for a residence permit in the territory of Hungary, therefore the third country national staying in the territory of Hungary is able to submit his residence permit application at the responsible regional directorate of the Office of Immigration and Nationality as well, in case the domestic application is based on exceptional circumstances, such as family reunification or medical treatment, or the purpose of stay longer than 90 days within 180 days is research or the applicant is a citizen of a country listed in the II. Annex of the Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001, or a family member of such a third country national staying in the territory of Hungary legally.

The application for extension of a residence permit with documents attached simultaneously shall be submitted in person at the responsible regional directorate of the Office of Immigration and Nationality at latest 30 days prior to the expiration of the right of residence. At the submission of the application a valid travel document shall be presented. If the purpose of third country citizen’s residence is study, the validity of his/her travel document must cover the period of authorized stay at most.

The administrative service fee of the procedure for issuing residence permits is 60 EUR, which shall be paid at the foreign representations of Hungary primarily in EUR or other convertible currency, or in exceptional cases in the legal currency of the state where submitting the application. In case of domestic applications the administrative service fee is HUF 18,000. The administrative service fee of the application for extension of a residence permit is HUF 10,000, which shall be paid with revenue stamp by the applicant.
The decision on residence permit for the purpose of studies will be made by the regional directorate within 15 days. The applicant can ask the aliens policing authority to send him/her the residence permit via post or he/she can receive the document personally at the regional directorate.

In case of refusal the applicant can lodge an objection, which can be submitted at the authority that made the first instance decision within 8 days after the communication of the decision. The administrative service fee for appeal is HUF 5,500, which shall be paid with revenue stamp by the applicant.

FORM

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

- Application for residence permit for the purpose of studies
- Application for the replacement of residence document
- Application for the supplementation of residence document

Forms in PDF can be downloaded and filled in handwritten:

- Application for residence permit for the purpose of studies
- Application for the replacement of residence document
- Application for the supplementation of residence document

 

REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTS

DOCUMENTS SUPPORTING THE PURPOSE OF RESIDENCE

Residence for studying purposes can be certified

- by the certificate of admittance of the educational institute;
- by a document certifying the legal relationship of the student with the institute;
- or by other credible way.

The purpose of residence of a person entering the country as part of an international treaty, international cooperation or government-level relief-program for study, educational, scientific, qualification or training purposes can be certified by the minister of education or the higher education institute.

Note that if the residence permit was issued for a preparatory course, it can only be extended if the third country national gains admittance to an accredited higher education institute in Hungary.

Proper language knowledge can be certified
- by an official language-exam certificate;
- by an official certificate of studies in a foreign language;
- or by other credible way.

DOCUMENTS SUPPORTING THE FINANCIAL CONDITIONS NECESSARY FOR LIVING IN HUNGARY

The third country national has the financial provision for the residence exceeding 90 days within 180 days, if he/she or his/her family member is able to provide  the costs of his/her living, accommodation, leaving the country, and of his/her health care if needed from legally gained employment income.

A foreigner residing in Hungary for studying purposes can certify his/her living primarily with
- scholarship certificate;
- money on bank account;
- money sent regularly to his bank account from abroad.

DOCUMENTS SUPPORTING THE EXISTENCE OF HUNGARIAN ACCOMMODATION

Only property registered as a residential house/apartment or other habitable dwelling, providing that the habitable space is at least 6 square meters per habitant, or a commercial or other accommodation that is deemed appropriate by law, may be accepted as a Hungarian residence.

The existence of Hungarian accommodation can be proved primarily with the following documents:

- tenancy agreement/contract
- proof that a Commercial accommodation is booked and paid for;
- proof of student accommodation;
- by valid invitation signed with the consent of authorities;
- proof of ownership of a residential dwelling with a copy of the title deed that is no more than 30 days old;
- a property sales contract submitted to the Land Registry Office and the copy of the Administrative Office's decision authorizing the acquisition of a property.

It is important to know that if the applicant plans to stay in Hungary for longer than 30 days then he/she is required to register his/her accommodation and any consequent changes to it, at the responsible regional directorate (sub-office) of the Office of Immigration and Nationality. This notification must be made within 3 days of taking up residence. If the applicant is staying at a commercial accommodation (i.e. hotels, guest-houses, camping sites etc), or other accommodation (e.g. holiday homes, hostel, guest house) or other commercially rented private property, the management or the home owner will take care of registration, the applicant is only required to provide the necessary information.

The applicant will receive an authority endorsed document that he/she is required to keep and carry on his/her person as he/she may be requested by the authorities to produce it for inspection.

DOCUMENTS SUPPORTING THE EXISTENCE OF AN ALL INCLUSIVE
HEALTH INSURANCE

When applying for a residence permit the applicant is required to provide evidence that at least one of the following conditions are met for the duration of his/her stay in Hungary:

• Insured under the Hungarian social insurance law, or
• Acquired the rights to Hungarian health insurance services by a separate agreement, or
• Eligible to services provided under the same conditions as the Hungarian insured and financed by an international treaty or agreement, or
• Eligible to health care under a separate legislation that apply to persons who are eligible to healthcare not based on a cover provided by Hungarian health insurance, or
• Entitled to health care, or
• Eligible to services provided under the same conditions as the Hungarians insured, based on an EC regulation or an international agreement.

DOCUMENTS SUPPORTING THE EXISTENCE OF THE PROVISIONS TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY

Presenting a valid passport or residence permit issued by a foreign authority can provide evidence that after the expiration of the third country national's Hungarian residence permit he/she may return to his/her country of origin.
It is considered ensured that the third country national has the financial means for travel if he/she has a valid ticket or the necessary finance to purchase one, or if the third country national is in possession of a vehicle.

While submitting the application the third country national is required to file a statement to the effect that if the application is rejected, he/she agrees to leave the territory of the European Union Member States voluntarily.

During the process, the immigration authority may request further documents in order to clarify particular questions! The period between the call for submitting additional documents and its fulfillment is not taken into consideration while assigning the administrative period.

VALIDITY OF RESIDENCE PERMIT

The residence permit for the purpose of study is issued
- If the course is shorter than two years, the duration for which the permit is issued adapts.
- If the course takes 2 years or more, than the permit is issued for at least one, and the maximum of two years which can be extended occasionally by one, and the maximum of two years.

When the validity of the residence permit is determined, the validity of the passport is taken into account as well. The period of stay specified in the residence permit is determined in such a way that the travel document has to be valid for a minimum of 3 months after the residence permit has expired.

RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE RESIDENT PERMIT HOLDER

• The third country national is eligible for entering and staying in the territory of the Schengen Member States without possessing a visa for a period not exceeding 90 days within 180 days.

• If the third country national has a residence permit for studying purposes, and he/she wants to work during his/her study time:
- he/she does need to obtain a residence permit for employment;
- he/she does not need to obtain a work permit if he/she is a full-time student and he/she has a student status in a Hungarian educational institute such as, vocational school, secondary school or higher educational institution.

A third country national with a residence permit for the purpose of studies may be employed for twenty-four hours a week in study period, or ninety days or sixty-six working days outside study period on a full-time basis.

• The third country national staying at an accommodation without guestbook requirements is obliged to register his/her accommodation at the authority, if his/her stay exceeds thirty days after his/her entry to Hungary. This notification has to be made within 3 days of taking up residence in an application form at the responsible regional directorate of the Office of Immigration and Nationality.

• The fact of registering the accommodation can be certified with the copy of the application form by the third country national. The copy of the registration of the accommodation is required to be kept and carried on by the third country national. The third country national is also obliged to register the changes in his/her accommodation at the responsible regional directorate of the Office of Immigration and Nationality within 3 days.

• In case a child is born of the third country national with a residence permit in the territory of Hungary the third country national has to register the birth by communicating the following facts:
 - Personal identification data of the child;
 - Data of the travel document of the child;
 - Address of the accommodation of the child.

• The third country national is obliged to notify the lost, theft or destruction of his/her travel document or residence permit at the aliens policing authority immediately (at the responsible regional directorate of the Office of Immigration and Nationality). The aliens policing authority issues a certification on the notification. In case the lost or stolen travel document is found, the aliens policing authority shall be notified immediately.

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