To obtain a temporary residence permit in Hungary, you must meet specific conditions outlined by the country. The Hungarian temporary residence permit enables legal stay within Hungary and allows travel outside and back into the country during its validity period. There are two types of residence permits in Hungary: temporary and permanent.
Eligibility for a Hungary Temporary Residence Permit:
A Hungarian temporary residence permit can be granted to:
- Third-country nationals adhering to the conditions outlined in the Working Holiday Scheme and providing relevant documents.
- Individuals with a clear criminal record, pose no threat to the public security, health, or national security of Hungary.
- Applicants not listed in the SIS database, indicating no grounds for entry or residence refusal.
Purposes or Types of Hungarian Temporary Residence Permits:
Hungarian temporary residence permits are issued for various reasons such as:
- Educational Pursuits
- Family Reunification
- Business Engagements
Duration and Requirements:
- The initial duration of a Hungarian temporary residence permit is one year.
- The permit’s length varies based on the purpose of residence, extending up to five years.
- Valid passport during the application submission.
- Recent passport-size photograph taken within the last three months.
- Biometric data (facial photographs and fingerprints).
- Proof of paid administrative fee (€110), payable in various currencies and methods.
- Evidence of financial means, which can be substantiated by bank statements, income certificates, or support declarations from family members.
- Proof of accommodation in Hungary verified through lease contracts, ownership documents, or invitations.
- Health insurance documentation demonstrating access to health services or adequate financial resources to cover expenses.
Ensure you fulfill these requirements and provide the necessary documents to apply for a Hungarian temporary residence permit.
How to Apply for a Residence Permit in Hungary?
To apply for a temporary residence permit in Hungary, follow these steps:
- Fill out the Application: Complete the specific application form for the type of residence you’re seeking (Temporary Residence). The form can be found on the website of the Hungarian National Directorate-General For Aliens Policing. You can either download and print it for submission or fill it out in person at the competent authority.
- Submit Your Application: Take your completed application to any Hungarian consulate officer or an authorized location in your home country that accepts residence permit applications. You must submit the application in person unless you’re unable to do so due to health reasons.
- Prepare Required Documents: Collect all necessary documents outlined in the “Temporary Residence Permit Requirements” section and attach them to your application. Details about the required documents can be found below.
- Application Review and Decision: The diplomatic mission or consulate where you applied will inform you about the status of your residence permit application.
Note: Ensure your passport is valid for at least a year from the date of application submission when applying for a temporary residence permit.
What Is the Processing Time?
The competent authority responsible for temporary residence permits will reach a decision within 21 days. Once approved, you will receive the residency document via mail.
When Can I Apply for Permanent Residency?
After five years of continuous residence in Hungary, you are eligible to apply for an EC permanent residence permit. This permit is valid for an additional five years and can be renewed.
Hungarian citizenship applications are accepted after eight years of holding a permanent residence permit.
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