Visa, Residence Permit

Those who enter Hungary for study purposes have to apply for a residence permit – even if they are a citizen of an EU-country.
 
Although we made a brief summary of legal obligations you have related to your student status in a foreign country, we would like to stress that it is solely your responsibility to meet all the legal conditions for your stay in Hungary. The Academy cannot be considered responsible for any problems resulting from the neglect of relevant rules by a student. For the official and most up-to-date information on the application procedure for the residence permit, please contact the Immigration Office or the Embassy of your country in Hungary.
 

VISA (for students of non-EU/EEA countries)

 
Non-EU/EEA citizens* wishing to pursue studies in Hungary are required to apply for entry for a long stay (exceeding 90 days) for the purpose of studies in their home countries, and enter Hungary on the entry permit („visa") issued by the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate in their countries.
 
Please make sure that the entry permit (which will be added to your passport at the Embassy) is stamped at the border crossing to Hungary, thus your entry-date will be indicated.
 
The entry permit is valid for a single entry. You will have to register your address and pick up your residence permit at the Immigration Office in Budapest.
 
*If you are a citizen of a non-EU country but are allowed to enter Hungary without special prior permission (e.g. from Canada, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Switzerland and the USA) you can apply for your residence permit shortly after your arrival in Hungary (or back home before departure as other non-EU/EEA-students).
 
The following documents are required for the application for the entry permit:
 
  • a fully and legibly completed Application Form for residence permit for the purpose of studies. You can obtain an Application Form from the Hungarian embassy in your country or download it from the website of the Immigration Office. 
  • a valid passport (valid for at least eighteen months at the time of submitting the application)
  • two passport size colour ID photos (not older than six months)
  • letter of acceptance from the University
  • proof of payment of the tuition fee
  • proof of financial means ensuring livelihood in Hungary (bank statement about the balance of your credit card, cash, or a declaration by your parents that they will provide the funds for all your expenses in Hungary)
  • an application fee of 60 EUR
  • the Hungarian Embassy may ask for your flight reservation
 
Attention: the consul may request the presentation of further documents in addition to the ones above. Documents shall be annexed to the applications being submitted in the original, if possible. If the client needs the original document later on, then a photocopy shall also be annexed besides presenting the original document. The consulate reserves the right to examine the authenticity of the communicated data and the submitted documents. The communication of false data will in itself lead to the refusal of the visa application.
 

Residence permit

 

New application

Generally, students from most countries outside the EU are allowed to stay in Hungary with a VISA for 90 days. After your arrival, the application procedure must be started as soon as possible.

 

Documents

Students are obliged to submit documents for the following purposes:

 
1. to certify student status
2. to certify residential background
3. to certify financial background
4. to ensure the conditions of leaving Hungary
 
 
1. Certifying student status
- enrollment certificate (in Hungarian and/or English) available at the International Sub-Department of the Liszt Academy
 
2. Certifying residential background
Students need to certify that accommodation is provided for you during your stay in Hungary.
 
- lease contract
It must be signed by the owner, contain the amount of rent and other expenses, an expiration date or it can also be for indefinite period of time. The Immigration Office may require the submission of lease contracts specifying that the contract may be extended for another year, if necessary. Owners/landlords should be consulted in advance. The expiry date of the residence permit cannot exceed the expiry date of the lease contract.
 
OR
 
- contract for the ‘courtesy use of flat’ (in Hu: ‘szívességi lakáshasználati szerződés’ - sample can be downloaded from here: DOC)
In this case, the owner of the flat allows the tenant to live in the flat without financial obligations (utilities may be included)
 
- accommodation reporting form (‘lakcímbejelentő’ - sample can be downloaded from here: PDF)
It must be signed by the owner of the flat. Any change in the address needs to be reported within 3 days.)
 
- deed of trust/property sheet
An official document listing every owner of a house or apartment issued by the local Land Office ('Földhivatal'). It can be requested by anyone, including the tenant.
Request form can be downloaded from here: PDF
Fee: approx. 6000 HUF (may be subject to change)
 
Address of the Land Office: 1111 Budapest, Budafoki út 59
Opening hours: Mo-Thu / 7:30 – 15:00, Fri / 7:30 – 11:00
 
3. Certifying financial background
Students need to prove that they have the necessary funds to cover their expenses during the time of their stay in Hungary.
Examples:
  • 6 months of bank account history (own or parents’, Hungarian or foreign)
    OR
  • hand written statement about being supported
    OR
  • exchange receipts in case of receiving cash via money transfer
    OR
  • certificate about scholarship(s) received
 
4. The conditions of leaving Hungary
Students need to prove their ability to return to their home countries.
Examples:
  • valid return plane ticket
    OR
  • bank account statement that can cover the expenses of returning, if necessary
 

Documents for submission

 
for students arriving with VISA
  • passport
  • ID photo
  • address registration form
  • application form
 
for students who do not need VISA, but are not EEA citizens
 
  • passport
  • ID photo
  • student certificate/enrollment certificate
  • health insurance
  • 18000 HUF in fee stamps (‘illetékbélyeg’, you can buy them at post offices)
  • address registration form
  • lease contract
  • deed of trust/property sheet (in case you are renting a flat)
  • 6 months of bank account history (own or parents’, Hungarian or foreign), or hand written statement about being supported, or exchange receipts in case of receiving cash via money transfer, and/or certificate about scholarship(s) received
  • residence permit application form (do not attach the ID photo)
  • proof of health insurance
 
for students of EEA citizenship
 
  • passport or ID card
  • 1000 HUF in fee stamps
  • health insurance card
  • enrollment certificate
  • address registration form
  • lease contract
  • deed of trust/property sheet (in case you are renting a flat)
  • 6 months of bank account history (own or parents’, Hungarian or foreign), or hand written statement about being supported, or exchange receipts in case of receiving cash via money transfer, and/or certificate about scholarship(s) received
  • application form (do not attach your photo)
 

Right of movement and stay in Schengen member states

Those who have a residence permit have the right to travel freely in the Schengen-area and are allowed to spend maximum of 3 months within every 6 months in these countries.
 
 

Extension of residence permit

For residence permit renewal/extension, replacement, or any other changes, old students are required to turn to the OIN’s Branch Office Nr.5. Residence permits may be extended 30 days prior to the expiry date the latest.
 
 

Documents for submission

  • application form, the same that you filled in the first time
  • 1 ID photo
  • 10000 HUF in fee stamps
  • current residence permit
  • passport
  • enrollment certificate
  • health insurance
  • 6 months of bank account history (own or parents’, Hungarian or foreign), or hand written statement about being supported, or exchange receipts in case of receiving cash via money transfer, and/or certificate about scholarship(s) received
  • address registration form (in case of new address)
  • lease contract
  • deed of trust/property sheet
 
Address: 1135 Budapest, Szegedi út 35-37., ground floor (Twin Office Centre)
Phone nr.: +36 1 463 9100
E-mail: bpkir5@bah.b-m.h
 
 

Online appointment booking

New applications are generally handled by branch office nr. 3, but during busy periods they may be handed to other branch offices, too. Therefore, it is recommended that all applicants book an appointment in advance to determine the time and place to start the application procedure.
 
Go to the box APPOINTMENT BOOKING, choose “New application for 1 person”, and after filling in the parameters, click on “TARTOZKODASI_ENGEDELY_DIAK”(residence permit for studies) as “type of case”, if you don’t find the category in English.
 
Address: 1117 Budapest, Budafoki út 60. - Sztregova köz
Phone Nr.: +36 1 463 9100
E-mail: bpkir3@bah.b-m.hu
 
Address: 1135 Budapest, Szegedi út 35-37., ground floor (Twin Office Centre)
Phone nr.: +36 1 463 9100
E-mail: bpkir5@bah.b-m.h
 

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