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Hungary

If your company is sending employees to Hungary—Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Hungary, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible. 

Hungary’s immigration system offers separate pathways for business visits, short-term work and long-term work.

Business visitors to Hungary typically use a local version of the Schengen C Visa, which most foreign nationals are required to obtain prior to arrival in Hungary. Schengen visas are generally valid for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.  Visa nationals may not begin the work permit application process while in Hungary as business visitors; they must return to their home country to apply for the single permit before they can start working.  

Hungary has adopted a single-permit system for work authorization, valid for up to two years with the possibility of indefinite renewals. Visa and non-visa nationals seeking to work in Hungary for more than 90 days must submit a single residence permit application prior to arrival. Once granted, a single permit includes permission to work in Hungary.  Dependents must obtain their own work authorization.   A labor market test (Workforce Demand) applies to work authorization applications from non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals, unless the employer’s foreign to local worker ratio is below 5% and the company is majority foreign-owned.

Note that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals can work in Hungary without a work permit; however these nationals must be reported to the Labor Office before their employment start date, and for stays exceeding 90 days, they must obtain a Registration Card and an Address Card. 

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.