A residence permit for the purpose of study may be issued to a third-country national:
· admitted to or accepted by a public education institution registered in the public education information system for pursuing full-time course of study in the regular school system or in daytime courses of study under a student relationship in Hungary, or
· for pursuing full-time education and training in a State-recognised institution of higher education or a foreign higher education institution authorised to operate in the territory of Hungary in daytime courses of study, or
· seeking residence in Hungary so as to attend a course in an establishment of higher education, which may cover a preparatory course prior to such education, and
who is able to verify the linguistic knowledge required for the pursuit of studies.
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 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.
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.
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 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, in particular, cover any event related to medical treatment, family reunification or occupational activity 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.
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. Where the purpose of residence of a third-country national is study, the validity period of his/her travel document need to cover only the authorised duration of residence.
If the application is submitted at a diplomatic or consular mission, the administrative service fee charged for the procedure for issuing a residence permit is EUR 60, payable at that diplomatic or consular mission 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 fee charged for the extension of a residence permit is HUF 10,000, payable by the applicant in the form of revenue stamp.
The regional directorate shall rule on the application for residence permit for the purpose of study within 15 days.
Please note that the immigration authority processes applications submitted after 1 January 2016 by way of the so called summary proceeding, in cases where the administrative time limit for the proceeding is less than two months, or 60 days. 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) 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. The provisions on summary proceedings shall not apply, and no conditional decision is to be made if a specialist authority is involved, or if the immigration authority requests the opinion of an authority provided for by specific other legislation for the protection of public security or national security.
In case of refusal, the decision may be appealed within 8 days of delivery, submitted with the authority of the 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 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. The administrative service fee for the appeal, if submitted at a Hungarian diplomatic or consular mission, is EUR 20.
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:
DOCUMENTS VERIFYING THE PURPOSE OF RESIDENCE
The pursuit of studies, as the purpose of stay, may be verified by:
· a certificate of admission from the relevant educational institution;
· a document to verify student status; or
· other reliable means.
In the case of persons entering for educational, teaching, scientific, training or advanced training within the framework of an international agreement, international co-operation, or inter-governmental aid program, the purpose of residence may be verified by a certificate made out by the minister in charge of education or the higher educational institution.
It is important to know that a residence permit issued for the purpose of attending a preparatory course prior to education may be extended for the purpose of pursuing studies only if the third-country national in question is admitted into an institution of higher education accredited in Hungary or a foreign higher education institution authorised to operate in the territory of Hungary following the preparatory course.
Linguistic knowledge may be verified by:
· a language certificate in proof of language proficiency examination,
· an official diploma in proof of studies in a foreign language,
· other reliable means.
Moreover, please note that an authentic instrument made out abroad, and any private document certified by a foreign court, administrative body, notary public or any other person vested with authority to issue authentic documents shall – unless any regulation pertaining to the case in question, an international agreement or the principle of reciprocity suggests otherwise – be considered affirmative proof according to Hungarian laws if endorsed by the Hungarian diplomatic or consular mission in the country where it was issued. A document made out in a language other than Hungarian shall be accepted only with the certified Hungarian translation attached, unless otherwise prescribed by any legislation pertaining to the type of case in question.
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:
· a certificate on the payment of scholarship grant;
· funds held on bank accounts;
· other documents;
· if the third-country national’s residence in Hungary is financed by his/her family member, family relationship is to be verified, together with documentary evidence in proof of such family member’s ability to provide support.
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.
The validity period of a residence permit issued for the purpose of study:
· shall correspond to the duration of training, if it is less than two years;
· shall be at least one year or maximum two years if the duration of training is 2 years or more, and it may be extended by at least one or at most by two additional years at a time.
The validity period of the residence permit shall be set in consideration of the date of expiry of the passport. However, the validity period of a residence permit issued for the purpose of study may not exceed the validity period of the applicant’s travel document.
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.
• A third-country national has the right for the pursuit of a gainful activity and to engage in employment.
If you hold a residence permit for the purpose of pursuing studies:
· you are not required to obtain a residence permit for the purpose of pursuing a gainful activity or employment during the time of study;
· no work permit is needed for a foreign national residing in Hungary as a student receiving full-time education, during the period of his/her studies.
Third-country nationals holding a residence permit for the purpose of studies may engage in any full-time occupational activity during their term-time for maximum twenty-four hours weekly, and outside their term-time for a maximum period of ninety days or sixty-six working days in a year.
• 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, 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.