Hungary: Immigration Law Changes for 2024

Key Points  

  • Hungary introduced new legislative changes to its immigration policies on 1 January 2024 

Overview  of Immigration Law Changes 

The government of Hungary introduced legislation changes to its immigration law on 1 January 2024. As a result, the following measures have been introduced:  

  • The government will look to create an electronic submission portal for residence and work permits.   
  • Between 1 January 2024 and 29 February 2024, the processing of immigration applications will be suspended. No new residence permit applications can be submitted during this time. 
  • To extend a residence permit, applicants must complete an exam of cultural skills to extend their permit. Applicants will be granted three attempts at the examination.     
    • Foreign nationals from 17 countries, including the United Kingdom, Georgia, Ukraine and more.   
  •  Introduce new Standard Classification of Occupation codes.   
  • Clarify the requirement for spouses to provide proof of a marriage certificate to complete their domestic registration within the country.   
  • Employers must ensure that employees and guest workers entering the country for an investment project exit Hungary within six days of their permit’s expiration. This will include terminated employees.  
    • Employers should submit a report to immigration authorities confirming that they provided the appropriate language and conditions of termination.   
  • Changes in accommodations or place of residence must be reported within three days following such change, except if such absence is temporary, not exceeding 30 days, and the third country national is returning to their registered accommodation.  
  • Extension of EU Blue Card eligibility to include foreign nationals in IT roles that hold at least three years or relevant work experience.  
    • Previously, applicants were required to hold three years of experience and meet certain education requirements.  

For additional insights on these changes check here.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Hungary’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.

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