In Hungary, seasonal employment in agriculture covers cultivation of plants, animal husbandry and fishing. To carry out this work you need:
- a seasonal work permit; and
- a seasonal employment long-stay visa.
Where and how to apply
You need to submit your application for a single permit 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.
In the application for a single permit, you also need to apply for the visa entitling you to receive such a residence permit (unless you are exempt from a visa requirement).
The competent regional directorate of the immigration authority in Hungary will assess your application, during which the authority requests the official opinion of the competent employment centre, whether they support the employment of the applicant. Therefore the documents concerning the employment, such as the work contract or preliminary agreement, as well as the document certifying the qualification (if this needs to be proven), shall also be attached to the application, together with the documents that prove that the residence criteria are fulfilled.
Unless exceptions apply, the competent branch office of the employment centre also carries out a labour market test during its procedure of providing an official opinion. Your employer may also submit a work force request to the competent branch office of the employment centre prior to the single application procedure as a result of which the labour market test could be started prior to the single application procedure. During the labour market test, is checked whether there is available workforce among Hungarian or EEA-country national registered jobseekers or their family members, who meet the necessary requirements applicable to the position concerned.
The decision-making in a single application procedure takes a maximum of 90 days. If approval is given for the single permit, a visa entitling the holder to receive a residence permit for the purpose of gainful employment will be issued at the embassy or consulate in your country of origin (unless you are exempt from a visa requirement).
The visa will allow you to enter the territory of Hungary. Prior to the expiry of the validity of your visa, you can obtain your single permit at the competent regional directorate of the immigration authority.
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.
To obtain a seasonal employment 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 validity period for a residence permit issued for the purpose of seasonal employment is maximum 6 months, and it may be extended by maximum 6 additional months within a 12-month period.
The period of stay fixed in the residence permit is to be determined ascertaining that your travel document must be valid for at least 3 additional months beyond the date of expiry of the residence permit.
Conditions for renewal
The seasonal work permit may be extended by maximum 6 additional months within a 12-month period.
In case of refusal, the decision may be appealed within 8 days, submitted to the authority of first instance, or at the Hungarian diplomatic or consular mission where the application was submitted.
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Change of employment
Your permit authorises you to carry out a specific employment activity with a specific employer. If you change your employment, you have to submit an application for a new residence permit.
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.
The validity period of a residence permit issued for the purpose of family reunification may not exceed the validity period of the sponsor’s residence permit, and may not exceed the validity period of the applicant’s travel document even if the time limits provided for above are taken into consideration.
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If you work in Hungary on the basis of a seasonal employment visa you will not be entitled to apply for an EC long-term residence status, a national permanent residence permit or an interim permanent residence status.
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