On a general basis, a third-country national Family Member of an EEA or Swiss citizen has to obtain a Residence Card and report his/her first Hungarian address at the Immigration Office (official name: National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing) withtin 93 days if staying in Hungary more than 90 days within a 180-day period. The Residence Card has to be applied for in Hungary, therefore, generally, this Third-country National has to obtain a C-type Schengen visa before entering Hungary to file the application.
Immigration Office in Hungary (the appropriate directorate is located in the region of your prospective Hungarian address).
HUF 1,500 (circa EUR 4).
Not more than 70 days.
You have the right of free movement and stay. This right is not a result of the obtainment of the Residence Card, but the fact that you are a Family Member of an EEA Citizen. Having the right of free movement and stay, you can perform your , studies (even in a state-funded program), being employed without working authorisation requirement and you can live with many further rights that other EEA or Hungarian citizens have.
If you leave the territory of Hungary with final intention, you can hand over your Residence Card and Address Card to the Immigration Office.
*The above-mentioned fee does not include value added tax and reasonable additional costs, such as costs of posting or courier services (if any).
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