By Henrietta Hanyu Firm: CLV Partners

The requirements for the Hungarian national permanent residence permit have been changed effective from 10 July 2019 (amendment to s 35(1) Act II of 2007 on the entry and stay of third country nationals). Following the amendment, third-country national relatives of Hungarian citizens have the same advantages as relatives of third-country nationals with immigrant, permanent resident or refugee status in Hungary. This means the following categories of individual can get the national residence permit and the normal three-year waiting period will not apply:

  • dependent parents living in the same household as the Hungarian citizen for at least one year before the application; and
  • spouses of Hungarian citizens, provided the marriage took place at least two years before the application.

Previously, these advantages only applied to dependent parents and spouses of third-country nationals with immigrant, permanent resident or refugee status in Hungary.