HELPERS is the leading provider of business and immigration services in Hungary.

Why is it important to have a Hungarian address card?

If you hold Hungarian permanent residency, acquired in the Hungarian Residency Bond Program, you probably do not have a registered address in Hungary. If you use your Hungarian residency only to ensure visa-free travel in the Schengen zone, that is fine. However, there are several benefits to be gained from holding a Hungarian address as well as residency.

The benefits of a Hungarian address card

  1. If your true aim is to gain Hungarian citizenship, you will need a Hungarian registered address as well as residency. You become eligible for Hungarian citizenship after five years of holding residence in Hungary – that is, if authorities can verify you have had an accommodation in Hungary for at least five years.

You can renew your permanent residency as many times as you want to, but you become eligible for Hungarian citizenship only if you have acquired a Hungarian registered address and an address card in time.

In Hungary, most of the official paperwork requires a legal address, as the address is one of the main pieces of information for identification. If you have a Hungarian address card:

  1. You can buy a car or more cars in Hungary.
  2. You can open a bank account at any Hungarian bank.
  3. You can sign up for a post-paid mobile service at a Hungarian operator.
  4. You can localize your driving licence. With a Hungarian driving licence, you can drive a car anywhere in the European Union.

Proof of accommodation

The service offered by Helpers provides you a proof of accommodation. We also provide assistance in the application for the Hungarian address card and the identity card. These will make your new life in Europe even more convenient.

The process usually requires one trip to Hungary, but under specific conditions it can be done through a POA. For more information, contact Mo Shaban (mo@helpers.hu), or call our office on +36.1.317.8570.

Let’s make the most of your Hungarian permanent residency!


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