Who needs a residence permit?
All non-Hungarian citizens with the exception of EU/EEA citizens have to have a residence permit if they wish to stay in Hungary for more than 90 days.
Where can I apply for a residence permit?
In Canada, you can apply in Ottawa. You must appear in person, as your biometrics (photo and fingerprints) will be taken on site.
If you are a Canadian or the citizen of another visa-exempt country, you can apply in Hungary directly at the Bevándorlási és Állampolgársági Hivatal (Office of Immigation and Nationality) upon your arrival. We do not recommend doing this, unless your port of entry to the Schengen area is Budapest (e.g. if you are fyling directly to Budapest or have a layover in London or Istanbul).
How much is the fee of the residence permit application?
All visa fees are payable by credit/debit card only. We do not accept cash and cheques.
How do I get my residence permit?
If your application is approved, you will have to collect the residence permit itself in Budapest. We will affix a "type D" visa in your passport which you can use to enter Hungary (the Schengen area). If you are not able to collect your passport at the Embassy, please provide a prepaid, trackable self-addressed envelope.
Where do I find detailed information on the different types of residence permits, forms, lists of supporting documents etc.?
At the website of the Bevándorlási és Állampolgársági Hivatal (Office of Immigration and Nationality).
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