You can enter, reside and work in Hungary as an intra-corporate transferee if you are a manager, specialist or trainee employee. The definitions and conditions of admission are governed by the EU Directive on intra-corporate transfer (Articles 3 and 5 of Directive 2014/66/EU). If you fulfil the conditions, you will be issued an intra-Corporate Transferee permit.
Please note that before being transferred from a company branch located outside of the EU to a branch in Hungary you must have been employed by that company as a manager/specialist/trainee for a period of 3 months.
|Where and how to apply|
You need to submit your application at the embassy or consulate in your country of origin or in certain cases at the place of lawful residence or in Hungary. You can find the competent regional directorate on the website of the immigration authority (www.bevandorlas.hu).
The competent authority shall examine the application for residence permit for the purpose of intra-corporate transfer in a single application procedure, and the decision on the merits will be adopted within sixty days from the date of submission of the application.
Please, click here to access detailed information on the single application procedure.
The administrative service fee charged for the procedure for issuing a residence permit is EUR 60, payable at the diplomatic mission of Hungary primarily in EUR or other convertible currency, or in exceptional cases in the legal tender of the State where the application is submitted. The administrative service fee charged for the procedure is HUF 18,000 if submitted in Hungary. The fee charged for the extension of a residence permit is HUF 10,000.
When applying for a single permit or a residence permit, you need to:
You cannot be subject to an entry ban or an alert in the Schengen Information System for the purposes of refusing entry, nor can your entry and stay threaten public policy, public health or public security in Hungary.
|Duration of validity of permits|
The minimum period of validity of the residence permit for the purpose of intra-corporate transfer shall be at least one year or the duration of the transfer. Of the two periods the shorter one shall be considered as the period of validity of the residence permit.
The maximum period of validity of the residence permit for the purpose of intra-corporate transfer shall be maximum three years for executive employees and specialists and one year for trainee employees.
The maximum period of validity of the residence permit for the purpose of intra-corporate transfer shall be maximum three years for executive employees and specialists and one year for trainee employees, and may be renewed for such (three and one- year) periods for the purpose of intra-corporate transfer.
However, the validity of the travel document should be taken into consideration, for, on general principle, the authorised duration of residence is to be determined so that the validity period of the third-country national’s travel document has at least three months remaining at the time the authorised duration of residence expires.
|Conditions for renewal|
The application for extension of the residence permit shall be submitted in person at the regional directorate responsible for the place where the place of accommodation is located 30 days before it expires at the latest, with the necessary documents attached.
As of 1 January 2019, natural person clients or their authorized legal representatives may submit an application for a residence permit (issue or extension) electronically via Enter Hungary, available at https://enterhungary.gov.hu.
The residence permit for the purpose of intra-corporate transfer may be renewed for three years for executive employees and specialists and one year for trainee employees for the purpose of intra-corporate transfer.
Appeals against decisions of regional offices regarding residence permits can be brought within 8 days of delivery to the immigration authority, or to the Hungarian diplomatic or consular mission where the application was submitted.
|Change of status|
Change of status may be possible depending on the purpose of stay and your personal circumstances.
A residence permit for the purpose of family reunification may be issued to a third-country national who is a family member of a third-country national in possession of a residence permit.
More on family reunification
A person with an ICT permit benefits from equal treatment with nationals of Hungary in what regards freedom of association; recognition of diplomas and professional qualifications; provisions regarding social security (with conditions); access to goods and services (with exceptions).
Upon the fulfilment of certain conditions you can, on the basis of an ICT permit issued in one EU country, work in other EU countries if the entity where you will work belong to the same company. If the duration of your mobility is shorter than 90 days during a 180-day period you are subject to short-term mobility rules. If the duration of the mobility is longer than 90 days, you are instead subject to long-term mobility rules.
The following procedures apply if you have an ICT permit in an EU Member State and intend to move and work in Hungary.
If you have a valid ICT permit issued by an EU Member State for the purpose of an intra-corporate transfer and you hold a valid travel document, you have the right:
If you have a valid residence permit for the purpose of intra-corporate transfer issued in any EU Member State a residence permit shall be granted (permit for long-term mobility) if: