Immigrate to Hungary from US

Immigrate to Hungary from US

Updated on Wednesday 05th May 2021

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Immigrate-to-Hungary-from-US.jpgPersons who want to immigrate to Hungary from US must take all the necessary steps in order to be able to enter the Hungarian territory. Depending on the purpose of stay and the duration of the stay, American passport holders may need to obtain various types of visas, residence permits and other documents that grant the right of staying on the Hungarian territory to foreigners. 
Given the wide variety of situations that can be covered by the Hungarian immigration legislation with regards to the access of American citizens in this country, we advise you to address our lawyers in Hungary for extensive information on the immigration procedures and the documents foreigners should obtain. 

What are the requirements for short-term stays in Hungary?

The immigration requirements prescribed for American citizens arriving in Hungary for short-term stays depend based on the purpose of the stay. According to the immigration law applicable in Hungary, a short-term stay defines any period of time of maximum 90 days spent here by foreigners.   
As a general rule, foreigners from outside the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) are required to obtain a visa even for short-term stays, but certain nationalities outside these regions are entitled to a visa exemption and this is the case of American citizens as well, who can easily arrive here without a visa for short-term stays related to travelling or business. Our lawyers in Hungary can present what other visa exemptions can apply to American citizens
The basic legal requirement that must be met is to have a valid passport issued by the US authorities, which will grant the right to travel in the Schengen states as well, as Hungary is a part of the Schengen Agreement. Our Hungarian law firm can present more details referring to short-term stays in this country, but American citizens should know that the following basic requirements must be met by all passport holders:
  • the passport of the American citizen must have a minimum 3 months validity after the departure date, but a 6 months validity is generally required;
  • the American passport must also have 1 empty page per stamp;
  • American citizens must declare any amounts higher than EUR 10,000 at the entry or the departure from Hungary;
  • however, it must be noted that American citizens will be subjected to the ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) requirements starting from 2022;
  • the ETIAS will allow Americans to stay up to 90 days in any of the Schengen states and the authorization will be valid for 3 consecutive years. 
The ETIAS system was created in order to increase border security in the Schengen region for third-country nationals, Americans included, but it must be noted that the procedure for obtaining the authorization is rather simple, as it was created as an online system. Our law firm in Hungary can present further information on the ETIAS documents. 

What are the steps for obtaining a Hungarian visa?

In the case of those who need a visa when arriving in Hungary, a more complex procedure has to be concluded. We will present some of the basic steps involved in this process, but our lawyers in Hungary can provide a complex presentation on the procedure and the documents the applicant must prepare. 
The legal framework applicable to Americans is available at the US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs, but also at the Hungarian embassies or consulates operating on the American territory, which are the main institutions through which the visa application process is completed. You can also rely on our Hungarian law firm for in-depth information on the current legislation. 
The process of obtaining a visa depends on the type of visa necessary for the American citizen, but in most of the cases, the applicant has to complete the standard application form, present the valid passport, two photographs, information on the ticket reservation, a travel insurance, information on the accommodation arrangements and financial means, these being some of the few basic aspects the applicant should take care of.  
For instance, if the visa required by the applicant is for employment purposes, then he/she must present the employment contract, if the visa is for medical purposes, the applicant must add to the file medical documents showing that the person will be treated in a Hungarian hospital
Those who want to immigrate to Hungary from US on a long-term basis must make sure that they will be able to live here from a legal point of view, which means that the person has to apply for a residence permit. Our attorneys in Hungary can present the procedures available in this case and can also help foreigners in obtaining the required documents. If you need to be represented by a specialist in the immigration law, do not hesitate to address to our law firm in Hungary

How can Americans apply for a Hungarian residence permit?

In the cases in which Americans will immigrate to Hungary from US for a period of more than 90 days, then other immigration formalities will have to be completed. Here, the obligation of all foreigners is to complete the formalities for obtaining a residence permit, a document that grants the right of living in Hungary
At the level of the European Union (EU), all member states will require the issuance of a residence permit for stays exceeding 90 days, but the requirements may vary based on the nationality, as well as on the documents the foreigners need to submit, as all countries have a national competence on this matter. This is why those who will immigrate to Hungary from US should verify the residence permit requirements only with the Hungarian authorities or with our attorneys in Hungary
In order to receive a residence permit in Hungary as an American national, the foreigner must first submit a residence permit application with the Office for Immigration and Nationality in Hungary. The application can be submitted to the regional offices of the institution if the purpose of stay is related to any of the following: exceptional reasons, such as medical treatment, family reunification, the applicant is involved in research projects or if the applicant is a national of the countries included in the Annex II of Council Regulation EC no. 539/2001 (which includes the citizens of the United States of America as well). 
When you immigrate to Hungary from US and you need a residence permit, you should prepare a set of documents that can vary based on the purpose of stay; below, our Hungarian lawyers have prepared a short list of the documents that must always be submitted in the application for a residence permit, regardless of the reason for which the foreigner has arrived in this country:
  • the application form for the issuance of the residence permit, completed and signed by the applicant – here, one should know that, besides the Hungarian version of the application, one can also submit the English version of the document, as it is allowed under the Hungarian law;
  • the applicant’s valid passport, which must have a validity of at least 3 months longer than the moment of departure from Hungary;
  • 2 passport-size photos, which were taken maximum 6 months prior to the application;
  • for foreigners living in USA, who will immigrate to Hungary from US, the US alien registration card or the US resident visa are required, depending on the current immigration status of the respective applicants;
  • documents showing that the applicant has heath insurance that covers all the expenses required according to the EU law (the minimum coverage is of $50,000). 
Besides the documents presented in this list, additional documents can be required, and, according to the Hungarian law, all documents must be submitted in their original version. In the case in which the American national or American resident wants to work in Hungary, the application for a residence permit will include additional papers.
For those who immigrate to Hungary from US for employment purposes, additional steps have to be achieved. Prior to applying for a residence permit, the applicant must obtain a work permit, which is issued by the Hungarian Labor Authority. The work permit must be included in the application for a residence permit, and the application for a residence permit will be made by the Hungarian employer where the American citizen/resident will work.
The employment contract must also be a part of the residence permit application, as well as the financial aspects of living in Hungary until the moment when the first salary will be paid to the foreigner. If you want to arrive here for employment purposes and you need assistance on the full list of documents that are required in this case, do not hesitate to address to our Hungarian law firm
If you are interested to immigrate to Hungary from US for educational purposes, you will also need a residence permit that can be issued after you submit documents such as: documents showing your accommodation status in Hungary (tenancy agreement), documents showing that the applicant enrolled with a local educational institution, information on the payment of the school fees (where this applies), information on scholarship or other documents showing how the foreigner will meet the minimum financial requirements in order to live in Hungary
If you need further information on how to obtain a residence permit, we invite you to contact our law firm in Hungary. Our team of lawyers can help you in this process and can also represent you in any other legal matter regulated by the immigration law.