You will be entitled to bring your family to join you in Hungary if you hold one of the following permits:
- a residence permit;
- an immigration permit;
- a permanent residence permit;
- an interim permanent residence permit;
- a national or EC long-term residence permit;
- a residence card; or
- a permanent residence card.
You are entitled to reunite with the following family members:
- your spouse;
- your or your spouse’s minor children, including adopted children;
- your minor dependent children, including adopted and foster children, or those of your spouse with parental custody;
- your or your spouse’s dependent parents;
- your or your spouse’s siblings or linear relatives if they are unable to provide for themselves due to health reasons.
The children of non-EU citizens with a national long-stay visa or a residence permit born in the territory of Hungary shall be issued a residence permit on the grounds of family reunification.
Where and how to apply
Your family member wishing to join you has to personally submit the application for a residence permit to the consulate in his/her country of originSearch for available translations of the preceding link. In certain cases the application can be submitted at the place of lawful residence, or in Hungary.
The consulate then transfers the application to the regional directorate of the immigration authority of the place of future residence which assesses the application.
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.
Your family members need to:
Duration of validity of permits
Residence permits issued to your family members cannot exceed the duration of your residence permit. They are valid for a maximum of three years, renewable for three years at a time.
Conditions for renewal
The application for extension of the residence permit shall be submitted in person at the regional directorate of the immigration authority responsible for the place where the place of accommodation is located 30 days before it expires at the latest, with the necessary documents attached.
As of 1 January 2019, natural person clients or their authorised legal representatives may submit an application for a residence permit (issue or extension) electronically via Enter Hungary.
The extension of the residence permit may also be granted even the conditions laid down in the law are met, if the residence of the third-country national has exceeded 90 days in any 180 days before the submission of the application for a residence permit.
Appeals against decisions of regional directorates regarding residence permits can be brought within 8 days of delivery to the immigration authority, or to the Hungarian diplomatic or consular mission where the application was submitted.
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Access to employment
If you plan to enter into an employment relationship, this should be reported to immigration authority responsible for the place where your place of accommodation is located, for having the single permit for employment issued.
Change of employment
Your single permit authorises you to carry out a specific employment activity with a specific employer. You cannot change your job unless you submit an application for a new residence permit.
Access to education
Third-country nationals holding a residence permit are entitled to kindergarden care, and their schooling is compulsory with the same conditions as for nationals.
Change of status
Change of status may be possible depending on the purpose of stay and your personal circumstances.
Hungarian law distinguishes three different regimes for permanent residence and for each the applicant needs to have:
You cannot be subject to any ground for refusal as set out in the law, e.g. threat to public or national security, being the subject of an expulsion order, entry ban or alert in the Schengen Information System.
|National permanent residence permit|
Your family member will be entitled to a national permanent residence permit if he/she has legally and continuously resided for at least three years in Hungary. This permit authorises him/her to reside in Hungary for an indefinite period of time.
You will also be able to obtain a national permanent residence permit if you hold a residence permit or an interim permanent residence permit and:
Your establishment has to be in accordance with the interest of Hungary. You need to present a clean criminal record. General conditions for residence permits apply.
|EC long-term residence permit|
Your family member is entitled to an EC long-term residence permit if he/she lived continuously and legally in Hungary for five years. This permit authorises him/her to reside in Hungary for an indefinite period of time.
General conditions for residence permits apply.
|Interim permanent residence permit|
If you are a non-EU citizen holding an EC long-term residence permit from another EU Member State you can obtain an interim permanent residence permit:
Family members of non-EU nationals arriving for the purposes stated above (i. e. gainful employment, pursuit of studies and other justified reasons) apply for an interim permanent residence permit, and the family members of non-EU nationals holding an interim permanent residence permit may be issued an interim permanent residence permit if their family relationship already existed in the Member State of the European Union where the EC long-term residence permit certifying permanent residence status was issued.
This status is valid for a maximum of five years and may be extended by a maximum of five additional years at a time.
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