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					            INFORMATION ON VISA AND RESIDENCE PERMIT

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ENTERING HUNGARY

From December 21, 2007 Hungary is a member of the Schengen Area, and applies the
Schengen legislation in full. From December 21, 2007 24 states, 22 of the 27 member states
of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,
France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the
Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) as well as Norway
and Iceland are part of the Schengen Area. At the same time several members of the
European Union, i.e. Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom do not yet
participate in the Schengen cooperation.

Significant changes subsequent to Hungary’s Schengen-membership are that

    visas and residence permits issued by one of the Schengen States are valid also for
    Hungary,
    visas issued by Hungarian representations abroad and residence permits issued by
    Hungarian national authorities are also valid for the entire Schengen Area.

The visa sticker, which looks the same for all Schengen States, bears the words "valid for
Schengen States".

The Schengen visa and entry regulations are only applicable for a stay not exceeding 90
days. Rules for a long stay exceeding 90 days are laid down by the national law of the
member states concerned.

WE VERY MUCH RECOMMEND THAT ALL NON-EEA CITIZENS (even those who are
eligible to enter Hungary without a visa for up to 90 days) APPLY FOR A VISA FOR
RESIDENCE PERMIT BEFORE COMING TO HUNGARY! Visa requests must be submitted
no earlier than 3 months and no later than at least 6 weeks before the planned date of arrival
to the relevant hungarian consulate.

Students and accompanying teachers traveling for educational purposes are exempt from
paying the 60 EUR visa fee, however, please verify this information with the consulate in
your       country.     (http://www.mfa.gov.hu/NR/rdonlyres/17C22871-B307-4245-97D7-
7D30B2730BC4/0/071218_general_information_entering_hun.pdf)

DOCUMENTS TO PROVIDE WHEN APPLYING FOR A VISA FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR STUDY
PURPOSES:

     1. Valid passport (the validity of which has to exceed that of the requested visa by at
        least 3 months);
     2. 2 passport-size color photos (not older than 6 months);
     3. A wholly and legibly completed, signed “residence permit” application form. The
        application forms for the residence permit (In English: www.bmbah.hu
        /Enter/Administration/Standard forms ) and also those for other documents are
        available on the web site of the Immigration Office (www.bmbah.hu)
     4. Supporting documents of the subsistence (i.e.: a recent bank account statement, a
        notarized letter in English or Hungarian from your parents certifying that they will
         finance your costs for the duration of your stay in Hungary, official letter proving that
         you have received a scholarship – including the amount of the scholarship in
         question)
     5. Valid health insurance for the duration of your stay in Hungary (if your health
        insurance card does not specifically state that it is valid for EU member states or
        that is valid specifically for Hungary, please ask your insurance company to supply
        you with an official letter to this effect as the Hungarian Immigration Authorities may
        need this statement when you arrive to Budapest). NB: The health insurance must
        provide full coverage, emergency health insurance will not be accepted.
     6. A certificate of school attendance/or official Letter of Acceptance to the school;
     7. A document certifying occupancy in Hungary (the document certifying
        accommodation in a student hostel or the tenancy contract with a duplicate of the
        title deed)
     8. The documents certifying subsistence in Hungary (bank account statement; or the
        declaration of the parents that they assume coverage of all costs of the stay in
        Hungary; or the document certifying the scholarship – and its amount - from the
        institution providing the scholarship).
     9. Attestation of the school that the applicant is exempt from the payment of school
         fees or that he/she has already paid the tuition fees.

PLEASE NOTE THAT STUDENTS ARRIVING WITH A VISA FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT
FOR STUDIES MUST PICK UP THEIR RESIDENCE PERMIT AT THE HUNGARIAN
IMMIGRATION OFFICE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE DATE OF ARRIVAL.




PAPERS TO BE PROVIDED FOR REGISTRATION OF ACCOMMODATION WHEN PICKING UP YOUR
RESIDENCE PERMIT (IN THE CASE OF ALL PAPERS, PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST HAVE THE
ORIGINAL WITH YOU AS WELL AS A PHOTOCOPY OF THE ORIGINAL)


Filled in and signed (by all parties concerned) accommodation reporting form for third-
country nationals.

In addition:

         For hostel/hotel accommodation:

               -   Official confirmation from the hostel or hotel about your reservation (and
                   possibly down-payment)

         For apartment rental:

         If renting through an real estate agency:

               -   Your copy of the contract (in English and Hungarian) with the signature of
                   two witnesses.
               -   Copy of the contract between the owner(s) of the apartment/flat and the
                   estate agency (two witnesses are also required) (to be provided by the real
                   estate agency)
           -     Property page of the apartment/flat (proof of the apartment’s ownership -
                 “tulajdonilap”) not older than 30 days (to be provided by the real estate
                 agency)

       If renting directly from the owner:

           -   Your copy of the rental contract between the owner and you (to be signed by
               two witnesses) in English and Hungarian.

           -     property page of the apartment/flat (proof of the apartment’s ownership -
                 “tulajdonilap”) not older than 30 days (to be provided by the real estate
                 agency)
           -     if the owner is a company, then the contract has to be signed by the person
                 officially representing the company in legal and financial matters together
                 with the company’s official stamp, as well as an official/notarized copy of the
                 signatures of the company’s representatives authorized to sign such papers.

       If (as a friend/relative) you are provided with free accommodation by the owner:

           -   Official notarized letter from the owner stating that he/she is allowing you to
               stay at the apartment/flat free of charge. (To be signed by two witnesses.)

           -     Property page of the apartment/flat (proof of the apartment’s ownership -
                 “tulajdonilap”) not older than 30 days (to be provided by the real estate
                 agency)

ADDITIONAL PAPERS TO TAKE WITH YOU TO THE IMMIGRATION OFFICE

- 1 photograph

- your Student ID card and its copy

- your Passport and a copy of the photo-page of your passport and the page containing the
visa (and a copy)

- your health insurance (with some sort of proof that the insurance is valid for Hungary
and/or the EU member states) giving you full coverage (emergency coverage only will not
be accepted)




Students who did not apply for a visa for residence permit in their home country – e.g. EEA
nationals) are obliged to apply for a residence permit at the Hungarian Immigration Office
within 15 days of arrival. The papers to be submitted are the same as for those applying for
a visa for residence permit and then registering their place of address.
 IMMIGRATION OFFICE – ADDRESS AND OPENING HOURS

Name:          Customer Service (Budapest) - VII.
Province of    Budapest f város, Pest megye
the
Directorate:
Specialization: Admission
Function:      customer service office
Region:        Regional Directorate of Budapest and Pest County
Address:       1117 . Budapest, XI. ker Budafoki út 60.- Sztregova köz
Phone          (1) 463-9100
number:
Further        Processess:
information:   • residence affairs (issue of national residence permit too);
               • report of lodgement.

               Clientele:
               • Only for receiving the residence permits which were postulated at the Embassies of Hungary

               Office hours:
               Monday       08.30-13.00
               Tuesday      13.00-18.00
               Wednesday Closed (Only for students pursuing studies in higher education 08.30-12.00)
               Thursday 08.30-13.00
               Friday       08.30-12.00


               How to get there:by bus No. 3 (black) which leaves from Móricz Zsigmond körtér /bus-stop:
               Hengermalom utca/ or by bus No. 103 (black) which leaves from Népliget /bus-stop: Hengermalom
               utca/. Budafoki u. 60. - Sztregova köz Common entrance for the customer service offices nr. I

				
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