General information

Hungary has been a full member of the Schengen area since 21 December 2007.

The territorial validity of Visas and Residence Permits issued by the Schengen Member States are extends to Hungary; and uniform Schengen visas and residence permits issued by the competent Hungarian authorities are also valid throughout the Schengen area.

The rules of long-term stay over 90 days are determined by each Member State's own national legislation.

The regulation of stay for more than 90 days is national competence, therefore a uniform and common practice in this matter does not exist among the Schengen Member States.

An applicant, wishing to enter to the territory of Hungary for a long-term stay may submit an application for a residence permit at the competent Hungarian mission. In case of a positive decision, the applicant will receive a long-stay (so called D type) visa which allows the visaholder to enter to the territory of Hungary in order to obtain his/her residence permit.

Pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 265/2010, a third-country national holding a long-stay (D type) issued by a Schengen Member State may travel to other Member States under the same conditions as the holder of a residence permit in case the duration of stay can not exceed 90 days within 180 days.

From 20 May 2011, long-stay (D type) visa applicants has to provide their biometrical data – incuding fingerprints - at the time of submitting the application. Children under the age of 6 and those who are physically unable to give fingerprints are exempted from the fingerprinting obligation.

The applicant must submit the application in person.


1. Pre-registration of the application

The pre-registration of the residence application is not necessary, in case the client submits the application at VFS Global.

The pre-registration of the residence permit application is necessary, in case the client submits the application  at the Consular Section of the Hungarian Embassy. in order to speed up the submission of D visa applications, it is possible to use a dedicated website to upload the application, the applicants’ personal details and the necessary supporting documents in advance, and generate a QR code. When submitting the application, the applicants need to provide the QR code (or their names with birth date). This way the registration process at the Embassy can take much less time.

Please find the dedicated website below:!/login Pre-uploading on this webpage requires registering a profile, which, after logging in, allows to fill in the application form and the appendix.


2. Applications for a residence permit

The application forms can be downloaded from the following link:


3. Mandatory enclosures

  • completed and signed residence permit application
  • a valid travel document
  • 1 photograph (not older than 6 months, • color, • ID card size (35-40 mm wide), • sharp, high quality, • full-face, • in front of a bright coloured background, • without headwear, except for religious reasons, • photographed from the front)
  • return or permits required for further travel
  • proof of purpose of entry and stay
  • documents proving subsistence and travel coverage
  • insurance or equivalent financial coverage for the full range of health care benefits


4. The grounds for applying a residence permit may be:

  • Guest self-employment
  • Guest investor (valid from the 1st of July, 2024)
  • Seasonal employment
  • Employment for the purpose of investment
  • Employment
  • Residence permit for guest workers
  • Hungarian Card
  • EU Blue Card
  • Intra-corporate transfer
  • Research or (long-term) mobility of researchers
  • National Card
  • Pursuing studies or student mobility
  • Seeking a job or starting a business
  • Training
  • Traineeship
  • Official
  • White Card
  • Posted work
  • Medical treatment 
  • Voluntary service
  • Residence permit for reasons of Hungarian national interest
  • Family reunification


 5. A short film on the acquisition of biometric identifiers for issuing visas


6. Decision, decision making, appeal

On the basis of the documents submitted by the appicant and sent by the consular section, the competent regional directorate of the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing decides on the application for a residence permit and the issuance of a D type visa.

An appeal against the rejection of the application may be lodged directly at the decision-making regional directorate or at the consular officer within eight days from notification of the decision.

For further information, please visit the website of the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing: