GENERAL INFORMATIONON THERESIDENCE PERMIT REQUIREMENTSInformation updated: 15th of September, 2008
Regulations on a stay exceeding three months fall within the competence of Hungarian national authorities, therefore there is no uniform routine among the Schengen Member States. Foreign nationals requesting an entry to Hungary with a purpose of a long stay, may submit an application for residence permit. In case of successful application, s/he will get a visa authorizing him/her to a single entry for receiving a residence permit and to stay for a maximum of 30 days in Hungary. The decision on the application for residence permit falls within the competence of the respective Regional Directorate of the Office of Immigration and Nationality (BÁH) - hereinafter referred to as: Regional Directorate.
Family members of EU/EEA (European Economic Area) nationals with the right of free movement may enter Hungary with a short-stay visa (C) – even, if they intend to stay in Hungary for more than 90 days. In such cases, within 93 days from the entry, the family member shall apply for a residence card from the Regional Directorates.
The applicant must submit the application personally at the Consular Department after having obtained an appointment from the VODAFONE Visa Appointment Center or from the Consular Department.
Supporting Documents for the Application
1. General requirements
2. The purpose of the visit shall be certified with the following documents
Application for a residence permit: EUR 60.
Applications for Visas free of charge to:
Visa application processing time
The Regional Directorate processes the applications within 30 days.
Rejection of the visa application
In case of refusal, the client may lodge an appeal within 5 days from the notification. The appeal shall be submitted directly to the processing Regional Directorate. The written resolution on the rejection contains the necessary information on the possibilities of legal remedy.
General Information on the Photo Requirementsof the Residence Permit Application
Two photographs shall be attached to the Residence Permit Application Form.
The photographs must be:
Glasses are permitted, provided that that the eyes remain clearly visible and there is no reflection in the lenses. Head-dress is permitted only for religious reasons, provided that all facial details are still clearly visible and the head-dress does not cast any shadow over the face.
Examples of acceptable photographs:
Examples of non-acceptable photographs:
The photographs attached to the Residence Permit Application Form must satisfy the requirements listed above. If those are not met, the applicant will be asked to present new photographs that satisfies the requirements.
Application for Visa authorizing stay longer than 3 months