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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 through our online booking system (Please select "Visa Application - Long Term Stay - Residence Permit - D" from the drop-down list.)
Applicants shall appear in person when lodging an application, there is no opportunity for of receiving online applications.
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 top-left corner drop-down menu on the Directorate's website (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.
What can you do if your visa gets refused?
You may appeal against this decision. The decision to refuse a Residence Permit Visa and the reasons of the refusal are detailed in the decision that is handed out by our consulate (in Hungarian).
The visa fee is not refunded if the visa is refused. The visa fee covers the cost of the examination of the visa application.
If a visa application is rejected, the applicant or his legally authorized representative has the right to appeal in writing within a period of 8 days after the date on which the applicant is notified of the refusal of the visa. The appeal containing the reasons for appealing must be handed in in person at the Consular Section of the Embassy of Hungary. For the fee of appeal procedure, please check the Consular Fees link for updated prices at all times.
The decision will be made by the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary generally within 15 days.
In case of refusal of the appeal, the applicant may appeal this decision within 3 days by filing a legal action at the Consular Section of the Embassy with the Administrative and Labour Court in Budapest. There is no further legal remedy against the decision of the Administrative and Labour Court in Budapest.
General Visa Information: https://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/how-to-apply-for-visa
Info regarding GDPR, please click here.