If you are non-EU national living, working, or operating a business in Hungary, you most probably have a temporary residence permit. As a result, residency renewal every few years is an essential, though routine part of your stay in Hungary.
Temporary residency means you have to renew your residency from time to time, usually after one or two years from receiving it. On this occasion your status is reevaluated: the Immigration Office checks whether you still fulfil the conditions on which your residency was granted in the first place.
E.g. if you got residency as a student, you are still studying; or if you got residency as a business owner, your business is still up and running.
To prove that the original conditions are still met, you will need to prepare various documents to be submitted for inspection.
E.g. if you are a student, you will be surely asked to present proof that you are enrolled; if you are a business owner, a new business plan and previous contracts will be among the documents required.
The deadline for residency renewal application is 30 calendar days before the residency expires. But watch out! This is just the last day you are still allowed to submit the renewal application. If you miss that, the procedure will not be a renewal, but a regular, “new” application, which is a bit different and might be more inconvenient.
To make sure you have enough time to collect all documents, start working on your residency renewal at least 60 days before your residency expires. If you have a work permit as well, it might be worth starting even 90 days before expiry, so you can safely submit everything on time.
Pro tip: When you receive your residence permit, set a calendar alert for yourself on your phone to signal 90 days before expiry. These days smartphone calendars are linked to either your email or google or social media account, this way they will not forget your date even if you change your phone in the coming years.
Since Hungarian officials rarely speak English, it is more convenient if you ask for expert help with your residency renewal. An expert assistant will be able to tell you which documents to collect, where to find each, and how much time it usually takes to obtain them. They will help you prepare the files for submission – and even lodges an appeal for you if your application is rejected for any reason.
Of course, expert assistance has its price, but in exchange you can rest assured that everything’s going to turn out just fine.
Asking for expert help makes any situation easier. Our Dorka Szabó (firstname.lastname@example.org) will take care of everything. Call her in the office on weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm on +36.1.317.8570, or drop her an email.
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