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Hungary Immigration Information Work Permit

Since Hungary has joined the European Union, its rules and regulations regarding labour mobility are changing as they come into line with EU directives. Most non-EU citizens and some EU citizens require a work visa and permit in order to go and work in Hungary.

Based on mutual agreements between certain member states of the EU and Hungary, citizens of the following countries do not need a work permit:

• Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

In addition, if you meet one or more of the following conditions, you may not need to apply for a work permit:

• you are the spouse of a Hungarian citizen;
• you would normally be required to have a work permit, but have already worked in Hungary for at least one year for the same company in the same position.

EU citizens of countries not in the list above and non-EU citizens require a work visa and permit to be able to enter and then work legally in Hungary. Normally, most of the necessary bureaucracy is handled by the employer (who is required to provide various documents to the immigration authorities, such as proof of qualifications and health certification).

Requirements for Work Visa

Requirements for obtaining a working visa:

• valid work permit;
• labour agreement;
• proof of accommodation.

Processing Time & Procedure

The application process itself takes up to 25 days and can be broken down into the following steps:

• firstly, a workforce demand is required. The hiring company must advertise the job at the Hungarian Labour Office (Munkaügyi Központ) for a fixed period of 15 days. This is to give a chance for unemployed Hungarian citizens to apply for the position;

• once 15 days have passed, the employer can apply for the work permit on behalf of the employee – the work permit will be ready after a further 10-15 days;

• after being granted a work permit, the employee has to apply for the working visa in person at the Hungarian Consulate in his/her home country or in the country where he/she currently holds legal residence.

The work permit and the working visa are issued for one year. Both of these documents can be renewed if the employee wishes to extend his/her stay in Hungary and continues to fulfil the application requirements.