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Who needs to apply for a residence permit?

Anyone who wishes to stay for a period exceeding 90 days in Hungary must apply for a residence permit visa (aka long-term stay visa).

Israeli citizens holding ordinary Israeli passports may file their application directly in Hungary at the respective Regional Directorate for Aliens Policing (Immigration Authority).

Israeli Travel Document (תעודת מעבר) and other passport holders must file their application at the Consular Section of the Embassy of Hungary with all supporting documents.

If you are not an Israeli citizen or legal resident of Israel, you must present documentation proving why you are submitting your application at the Embassy of Hungary in Israel and not at the Consulate of your country of residence.  


What is the application process?

Request an appointment in advance by phone on: 03-545-6666 or by email at consulate.tlv@mfa.gov.hu


What documents do you have to bring with you?

For a detailed list of required documents, please visit the Consular Department’s website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, as well as the official website of the Hungarian General Directorate for Aliens Policing (Immigration).

Important: the required documentation varies based on what your purpose of residing in Hungary is. Please select the relevant purpose from the drop-down menu (e.g. pursuing studies).  


How long will it take for me to get my visa/residence permit?

  • Residence permit visa applications will be decided within 1-1.5 months
  • The Embassy has no influence over the decision or decision-making time

In case the application is approved, a visa is issued for the applicant for the validity of 30 days from the date of entry. During this 30 days, the applicant must pay a visit to the competent office of the Hungarian General Directorate for Aliens Policing (Immigration) to collect the residence permit and submit a request for the registration of his/her temporary address.

For reasons of data protection, information about individual visa applications may only be provided to the applicant personally or to a person whom the applicant has authorized in writing to receive such information. These authorization forms can be found at the Consular Section waiting hall of the Embassy or you can download it from here (must be presented in original hard copy.