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With Helpers, every detail was meticulously cared for; I only had to provide my documentation. It was a stress free experience and within 4 months, I became a Hungarian citizen.

ALEX BOEHM Canada (now Hungarian citizen)

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Become a Hungarian Citizen thanks to your heritage

Are your parents, grandparents, or other ancestors from Hungary? Do you want to become a citizen of an EU member state with great infrastructure and a thousand years old culture located in the heart of Europe? Read on to learn why you should and how you can become a Hungarian citizen.

The Hungarian passport is the 10th strongest in the world

Henley and Partners, a global leader in residence and citizenship planning, each year analyzes passport strength around the world. They count how many countries you can access visa-free if you hold a given passport, and rank passports accordingly.

Useful Tips

If you plan on applying for citizenship in Hungary, it may be required to maintain your Hungarian residency status for a number of years – and this should always be done in a timely manner. Work with a professional to avoid missing important deadlines!

Hungarian Citizenship Services

A Hungarian passport is among the most desirable passports in the world, offering visa-free travel within Europe as well as to the United States and Canada, among many other destinations. To find out whether you are eligible, and whether / when your current immigration status can be converted into Hungarian citizenship, schedule a consultation with our immigration experts!

Citizenship by Hungarian heritage

Normally, the requirement for getting citizenship is 8 years of continuous residency in Hungary but a preferential procedure is available for applicants with Hungarian parents or heritage, or for those with Hungarian spouses or children. Believe it or not, having a Hungarian ancestor from the 1800s could qualify you! This procedure could be as fast as a few months – you just need to provide proof of family connection and a basic knowledge of Hungarian. We are here to assist with all parts of this process, from researching your lineage to getting the required certificates, testing and (if needed) improving your language skills, and completing your application file. You can even apply from abroad – we’ll ship your file to you!

Hungary – Citizenship after residency?

If you do not have Hungarian family or heritage, you need 8 years of continuous residency in Hungary before you can apply for citizenship and a Hungarian passport. However, many of the benefits that EU citizens enjoy are also available for foreigners with residency in Hungary. Unconstrained travel into and within the Schengen zone, visa-free stay in most EU countries for up to 90 days, and the possibility to live and work in Europe – click here to discover the shortest road to Hungarian residency.

Are you looking for EU citizenship?

While an EU passport is a highly desirable document to have, it can be quite a lengthy and difficult process to get citizenship in a European country. We are happy to work with you to determine if you are eligible for Hungarian citizenship or long-term residency – and, if not, to assist you in finding another option in the EU. Please contact our experts for a consultation.

Pricing

Citizenship application package: EUR 800-1,500 (+VAT if applicable)

Depending on the amount of research required before processing your application and the difficulty of collecting the paperwork, we will issue you a personalized quote.

Parts of this procedure are also available separately at hourly or project-based fees, including:

  • Eligibility check and consultation
  • Researching and acquiring proof of Hungarian heritage
  • Language testing and preparation

Please contact us to talk about your specific case, and how we can best assist you!

FAQs

Expedited naturalization refers to the process of becoming a citizen and getting a passport sooner than you would otherwise be eligible to do so. It is also referred to as preferential, or in some cases, simplified naturalization. In Hungary, naturalization is normally an eight-year process. However, immediate family members of Hungarian citizens, anyone with Hungarian ancestry, and certain other categories of residents may qualify for an expedited naturalization process. Let us know if you are interested in this procedure – we’ll be happy to check if you’re eligible.

Foreigners who have children or spouses who are Hungarian citizens, or who were born in Hungarian territory can get Hungarian citizenship faster than the usual procedure. People with Hungarian ancestry can also request simplified naturalization. To find out if you’re eligible, please consult our experts!

A Hungarian passport allows visa-free travel to a large number of countries, including all European countries, the USA and Canada, etc. Hungarian citizens can also travel to Australia via a simplified visa procedure. Since Hungary is not involved in any international conflicts or border disputes, Hungarians can travel easily worldwide, making a Hungarian passport one of the top 10 passports in the world. With a Hungarian passport, you can also live and work throughout the EU.

Basically it depends on the grounds that you are using to apply for citizenship. In case of the usual procedure (based on at least 8 years spent in Hungary as resident) there is a serious exam with questions about Hungarian history and culture, all in Hungarian. This requires proper preparation. In case of the expedited procedure (available to people with Hungarian ancestry) you only have to prove that you can talk basic colloquial Hungarian. In either case, we can provide assistance with getting ready for the exam or testing your current level.

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