Are you studying in Hungary as an international student? Have you ever wondered if you could stay in Hungary after you graduate? Of course you can, if you find a job or start a business on your own. But how could you possibly do that while still studying hard and writing your thesis? The answer to this question is the new “study-to-work” residence permit.
Regularly, you can get a residence permit if you are a student, you have a job, or you run a business on your own. However, a student visa is valid only until you graduate, and you can apply for a residence permit based on gainful activity only when that activity is already being performed.
Getting a job or starting a business right after you graduate is very difficult. To help foreign students bridge the gap between graduation from a Hungarian university and starting a gainful activity, there is a new type of residence permit available for fresh graduates. This “study-to-work” permit allows applicants to stay another 9 months in Hungary after graduation, which is plenty of time to find a job or start a business – at which point this interim permit can be changed to a residence permit based on gainful activity.
Every foreign student receiving a degree from a Hungarian university or college (or any other higher education institute) is eligible for the study-to-work visa but you must hand in your application no later than 15 days before your student residence permit expires.
For the application, you will need to verify that:
The authorities might ask for further documents. If your “study-to-work” residence permit is denied, you cannot stay in Hungary after you graduate, and will have to leave the country when your student visa expires. As a result, it is essential that you apply BEFORE your student permit expires.
So, if you are a foreigner studying at a Hungarian university and want to stay in Hungary after you graduate, you just have to
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