The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020. Brexit was followed by a transition period, while UK citizens can still keep most of their privileges in the EU. However, this period will end on 31 December 2020, so if you are living Hungary as a UK citizen, you should act now to keep your EU residency even after that.
Citizens of the European Union can live, work, and study anywhere within the EU without too much paperwork. They can also travel visa-free to any country of the Schengen zone. After the end of the transition period following Brexit, from 1 January 2021 all UK citizens will be considered third-country nationals in the EU, losing their privileges.
However, the transition period after Brexit is not over just yet. Until 31 December 2020, UK citizens are still citizens of the European Union. As such, they can apply for their EU registration card in Hungary, which will officially make them residents of the EU. Those registering still in December can receive a Hungarian address card and can remain in Hungary with the same conditions as before. Moreover, your Hungarian residency will let you travel without a visa to any Schengen countries.*
*Please note that during the current pandemic, restrictions may apply depending on the country you want to enter.
As a Hungarian resident, you may be eligible for social security in Hungary. If you are in employment, you are probably insured already. However, you can also pay contributions on your own if you already have an address card for at least a year.
Are you a UK citizen living in Hungary? Are you just realizing now that you still don’t have an EU registration card? No worries – we are here to help! Helpers now offers a 20% discount until the end of the year for all EU registration card and address card applications.
Just fill in the form below and let us help you keep your EU residency after Brexit.
Please note: The Helpers office will be closing for the holidays and our last working day in 2020 will be 23 December (Wednesday). Make sure to get started as soon as possible to get everything sorted out still before the deadline.
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