1. Entry for 90 days
Citizens of the European Union and nationals of the states of the European Economic Area („EU citizens/EEA nationals”) with the right of free movement may enter Hungary in possession of their valid passport or personal identity card. EU citizens/EEA nationals are entitled to stay in Hungary for 90 days without the obligation to report their presence and certify the legality of their stay.
2. Stay exceeding 90 days
In case the EU citizens/EEA nationals intend to stay in Hungary for more than 90 days they shall apply to the Regional Directorate of the Office of Immigration and Nationality for a registration certificate during the 90 days-stay period. To obtain such a certificate EU citizens/EEA nationals need to prove their employment relationship, livelihood, housing and comprehensive health insurance. If all necessary documents are collected, the duration of the procedure will take only thirty minutes. The registration certificate is issued for an indefinite period and will lose its validity if the right of residence itself is terminated. It is important to note that EU citizens/EEA nationals cannot be expelled for failing to register, but they may be fined.
EU citizens/EEA nationals are entitled to become a permanent resident of Hungary, only after a five-year period of uninterrupted legal residence.
3. Working in Hungary
EU citizens/EEA nationals are allowed to enter employment in Hungary without permission. However, the employer shall submit a notification in relation to the employment of such persons to the local employment office not later than on the first working day.
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