Hungarian residence permit

Hungary offers residence permits to foreign citizens, including non-EU nationals, who wish to work, study or live in the country. Acquiring a Hungarian residence permit comes with many advantages, for example travelling visa-free in the Schengen area and being eligible for Hungarian state health insurance. Learn more about getting a Hungarian residence permit!

1. Who needs a Hungarian residence permit?

Every non-Hungarian citizen who stays in Hungary for more than 90 days is required to acquire a Hungarian residence permit except for EU and EEA nationals.

If the stay of EU and EEA nationals surpasses 90 days, then Address Card and Registration Card are needed. However, citizens from the following countries can stay in Hungary without obtaining residence permits.

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

2. What are the benefits of acquiring a Hungarian residence permit?

Acquiring a Hungarian residence permit comes with several benefits. The advantages are as follows:

  • Visa-free travelling in the Schengen Area: Are you looking for a quick, safe, and cost-efficient way to acquire an EU residence permit? Would you like to travel to 26 European countries without the hassles of obtaining different travel documents? Anyone with a Hungary residence permit has the right to travel in the Schengen area visa-free.
  • Access to Hungarian state health insurance: Anyone with a temporary or permanent Hungarian residence permit is entitled to receive medical care in public health care institutions. In most cases, medical care in Hungary is free of any charge.
  • Low living costs: Hungary’s price level index for final household consumption expenditure is 33.7% lower than the EU27 average. Hungarian living and business cost a favourable compared to Western European countries.
  • Central European location: Hungary is located in the Central European region and has two major airports along with a highly developed highway network.
  • Prestigious universities: Are you looking for affordable, high-quality higher education opportunities? Hungarian is a popular destination among international students because of the low tuition fee, excellent education quality, and diverse scholarship options.

3. What types of residency permits are available in Hungary?

Hungary issues different types of residency permits and licenses based on individual circumstances. The Hungarian residence permits include:

  • National residence permit
  • Residence permit for family unification
  • Residence permit for research
  • Residence permit to study
  • Residence permit for voluntary and social activities
  • Resident permit for medical treatments
  • Temporary residence permits
  • Visas for seasonal workers

4. Hungarian residence permit processing time: How long will it take to process my application?

Hungarian residence permit processing time is quite fast compared to some other EU members. The entire process takes approximately 20-25 days.

5. Where can I find the Hungarian residence permit number?

The Hungarian residence permit number can be found on the Permanent Residence Card (Állandó tartózkodási kártya in Hungarian).

6. Which documents do I need to submit to apply for residency in Hungary?

The following documents must be submitted to apply for residency in Hungary.

  • Passport (It must be valid for at least 90 days after returning from Hungary.)
  • Permit application form
  • Passport size photo
  • Evidence of sufficient amount of funds (eg. bank statement)
  • Evidence of accommodation
  • Proof of health insurance

Keep in mind that different types of Hungarian residence permits require additional documents. These additional documents may include

  • Birth certificate
  • Deed of adoption
  • Confirmation of family ties to an EEA citizen
  • Marriage certificate

7. What is the procedure for renewing my Hungarian residence permit?

At least a month before the expiry of the Hungarian residence permit, the renewal application must be submitted to the Office of Immigration and Nationality.

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