Third-country nationals studying in Hungary are allowed to work beside their studies. The number of officially approved working hours has just increased, so now you are allowed to work 30 hours a week without forfeiting your student residency.
If you have student residency in Hungary, the number of your working hours is limited, so you must focus on your studies if it is already the main purpose of your stay. However, the limits have just been increased, so now you are allowed to perform work as follows:
Of course, the limits only apply if you work on an hourly basis. So let’s have a quick overview of working options for foreign students in Hungary. Alternatively, click here for a more detailed explanation, or here for information about taxes relevant for each option.
Most students in Hungary work through student organizations, which act both as a job agency and an administrative body for students. This is usually the most cost-effective (read: well-paying) option, because while working for a student organization, you are not required to pay social security, and your employer can save the social contribution tax.
Of course, you are also allowed to work in regular employment as long as the above limits are observed. In this case, normal taxation applies.
Simplified employment is most typical in agriculture or in the film industry, when human resource is needed for just a few days at a time. Limits on working hours still apply, while this scheme has its own limits on continuous work too.
Since an agency contract is most typical for work on a project basis, working hours are usually not counted. However, you should still make sure you have enough time for your studies and for proper rest.
With student residency in Hungary, you are allowed to start your own business. Working hours are not counted in this case either, but you must learn the basics of accounting and taxation. There are various tax regimes available to those self-employed; currently, flat-rate taxation is the most cost-effective. As a full-time student, you are taxed the same as if you had a full-time job, so various benefits apply. Learn more here.
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