Hungary Pauses Application Processing

The government of Hungary is pausing application processing for residence permits or for an interim/a national/an EU residence card (former interim/national/EC permanent residence permits) from January 1,  2024 and February 29, 2024.

What to Expect for Hungarian Immigration Processing
  • The processing of applications for a residence permit or for a permanent residence permit submitted before January 1, 2024 will be suspended between January 1, 2024 and February 29, 2024.
  • Authorities will not make a decision on applications submitted during this pause.
  • Attaching a supporting document to a pending application is available.

After February 29, 2024, the authorities will continue to process applications submitted by December 31, 2023 and take a decision in accordance with the legislation in force at the time of submission of the given application; submitting a separate application for this purpose is not required.

Extensions for Hungarian Residence Permits

The validity of residence permits and permanent residence permits expiring between January 1, 2024 and February 29, 2024 will be extended until April 30, 2024. For this purpose, no further actions are required to be taken by the persons concerned; neither to appear at the Client Service Offices nor to submit an application.

No separate certificate will be issued on the extension of the validity of the documents. The provision on the extension of the documents concerned allows for legal residence in Hungary. However holders of expiring residence documents may have trouble re-entering Hungary from another Schengen country during this period.

Available Hungarian Immigration Services

During the period from January 1, 2024 to February 29, 2024, administration of only the following types of cases will be available:

  • Submitting biometric data for applications submitted electronically by December 31, 2023;
  • applications for the replacement or substitution of a document;
  • extension of an expiring certificate entitling its holder to temporary residence;
  • extension of the validity of an immigration permit document;
  • applications of EEA nationals for the issuance of a registration certificate or for a permanent residence card;
  • applications of family members of EEA nationals for the issuance or extension of a residence card or a long-term residence card.
Erickson Insights

Erickson Immigration Group will continue to monitor developments and share updates as more news is available. Please contact your employer or EIG attorney if you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or case-specific questions.