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.
Host: the person with entitlement to undertake the commitment. 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.
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.
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 administrative service fee charged for the procedure is HUF 4,000, payable in the form of revenue stamp at the time the request is submitted.
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.
Please note that the immigration authority processes applications submitted after 1 January 2016 by way of the so called summary proceeding. 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, or a specialist authority is contacted) 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.
In case of refusal the applicant may appeal the decision submitted to the authority of the first instance within 15 days after the decision was delivered. 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.
Click to the following link to download the form required for the filling of the application.
Forms in PDF can be downloaded and filled in handwritten:
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. 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.
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.