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Residence Permit for the Purpose of Seasonal Employment in Hungary


General Description

On a general basis, a Third-country National has to obtain a residence permit if he/she expects to stay in Hungary more than 90 days within any consecutive 180 days. However, in some cases (e.g., due to being a Family Member of an EEA citizen) other type(s) of immigration document(s) (a Residence Card) has to be obtained. Please see more details on obtaining a Residence Card for working purpose.

Residence Permit for the Purpose of Seasonal Employment is for workers in the Agricultural Sector intending to stay in Hungary for a period more than 90 days, but less than 6 months.

When can you apply for this residence permit type?

  • If you have third-country nationality only.
  • If you do not enter Hungary with or you do not join to an EEA citizen to whom you are considered a family member.
  • If your Hungarian work will be performed in the .
  • The following sub-sectors are included in the gricultural Sector when we speak about Seasonal Work:
    1. Plant Production Sector
    2. Forest Management Sector
    3. Stock Farming Sector
    4. Fishing Sector
  • If the legal relationship between you and your Hungarian organisation .
  • Validity Period

  • at least ,
  • If you do not have a valid Hungarian residence permit (i.e., applying for the first time), you have to apply for at least 91 days Hungarian stay period.
  • not more than .
  • This validity period of this residence permit type can be extended if applying for a residence permit extension at least 30 days before the expiry date of your current residence permit, however, the total number of working days (i.e. summing up the number of working days when having the previous residence permit and the extended residence permit) cannot be more than 180 days within any 12 consecutive months. Please also kindly note that if you leave the territory of Hungary for more than 90 days within any 180-day period when holding a Hungarian reisdence permit, this residence permit cannot be extended but a new reisdence permit application procedure has to be initiated. The main difference between the residence permit extension and the new residence permit application is that if a new residence permit is applied for (i.e., it is not extended), you have to leave the territory of Europe when your current residence permit expires, and submit a new residence permit application at one the appropriate places below. In turn, if the residence permit is extended, the application for the extended residence permit has to be filed in Hungary.

    Place of Application

    The place of your residence permit application may differ based on your citizenship, your habitual residence or the fact whether you apply for a new residence permit (e.g., applying for the first time) or a residence permit extension.

    A) if you have citizenship(s) only:
    You have to apply for a "new" residence permit (i.e., technically it cannot be extended) if you do not have a valid Hungarian residence permit, or you have, but it remains valid less than 30 days when you submit your residence permit application.
    Visa-required countries (Annex I of Regulation (EU) 2018/1806):
    Afghanistan, Armenia, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Bahrain, Burundi, Benin, Bolivia, Bhutan, Botswana, Belarus, Belize, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Algeria, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, India, Iraq, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Comoros, North Korea, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Lesotho, Libya, Morocco, Madagascar, Mali, Myanmar/Burma, Mongolia, Mauritania, Maldives, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Nepal, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Somalia, Suriname, South Sudan, São Tomé and Príncipe, Syria, Chad, Togo, Thailand, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Tanzania, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • Consulate of Hungary located in the country of your citizenship, or
  • Consulate of Hungary located in the country of your habitual residence.

  • B) if you have a citizenship:
    You have to apply for a "new" residence permit (i.e., technically it cannot be extended) if you do not have a valid Hungarian residence permit, or you have, but it remains valid less than 30 days when you submit your residence permit application.
    Visa-free countries (Annex II of Regulation (EU) 2018/1806):
    Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (only if having biometric passport) Andorra, United Arab Emirates (only if having biometric passport), Antigua and Barbuda, Albania (only if having biometric passport), Argentina, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (only if having biometric passport), Barbados, Brunei, Brazil, Bahamas, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica (only if having biometric passport), Micronesia (only if having biometric passport), Grenada (only if having biometric passport), Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Kiribati (only if having biometric passport), Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Korea, Saint Lucia (only if having biometric passport), Monaco, Moldova (only if having biometric passport), Montenegro (only if having biometric passport), Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nauru, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Palau, Paraguay, Serbia (only if having biometric passport and excluding holders of Serbian passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate), Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Singapore, San Marino, El Salvador, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine (only if having biometric passport), United States, Uruguay, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela, Vanuatu, Samoa, Hong Kong (having passport of Special Administrative Region), Maca (having passport of Special Administrative Region), British nationals (Overseas), British Overseas territories Citizens, British Overseas Citizens, British Protected Persons, British Sibjects, Taiwan.
  • Consulate of Hungary located in the country of your citizenship,
  • Consulate of Hungary located in the country of your habitual residence, or
  • Immigration Office (official name: National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing), the competent directorate is located in the region of your prospective Hungarian accommodation.

  • C) (irrespectively whether you have visa-free or visa-required citizenship):
    Residence permit extension means another residence permit application in Hungary if you have a Hungarian residence permit that remains valid at least 30 days counted from the date of the residence permit extension. Please kindly note that if you left the territory of Hungary for more than 90 days within any 180-day period when holding a Hungarian reisdence permit, this residence permit cannot be extended but a new reisdence permit application procedure has to be initiated. I.e. has to leave the territory of the EU and Schengen countries and apply for the new residence permit at one of the above-mentioned places.
  • Immigration Office (the competent directorate is located in the region of your prospective Hungarian accommodation).
  • Application Fee

  • in case of new residence permit application at one of the Consulate of Hungary.
  • At some Consulates, this amount has to be paid in local currency, in USD or in EUR. The method of the payment might also be different: by bank transfer upfront, by credit card or in cash at the place of the application.
  • HUF 24 000, in case of a new residence permit application, when the application takes place in Hungary and initiated via the online application platform of the immigration authority. If the application is submitted without using the online application platform, i.e., all the documents are submitted in the Immigration Office in original, the application fee is HUF 39 000.
  • HUF 23 000, in case of a residence permit extension that is initiated via the online application platform of the immigration authority. If the application is submitted without using the online application platform, i.e., all the documents are submitted in the Immigration Office in original, the application fee is HUF 35 000.

  • Citizens of Ukraine are exempt to pay the above-mentioned application fees.

    Time period of decision-making:

  • not more than 60 days if your Employer is a ,
  • Your Employer is a Preferred Employers if it is seated in Hungary and ...
  • has a valid strategic partnership agreement with the Hungarian Government. List of these employers:
  • if you are a Ukranian or Serbian citizen and you are employed in a specific job position enlisted by the Ministry of Finance. List of these job positions:
  • it is implementing an investment project of preferential status for national economy considerations.
  • you are employed in the framework of an Intra-corporate Transfer. If this is the case, Residence Permit for the Purpose of Seasonal Employment is not the applicable residence permit type for you, please see Residence Permit for the Purpose of Intra-corporste Transfer instead.
  • not more than 70 days if the Employer is not a Preferred Employer,
  • not more than 15 days, if you had a Hungarian residence permit for the purpose of seasonal employment in the last five years and you did not violate the Hungarian immigration and working authorisation rules.
  • Rights:

  • Work in the Agricultural Sector in Hungary at that Hungarian Employer which your residence permit was applied for.
  • Stay in another Schengen country up to 90 days within any 180-day period of time without obtaining a C-type Schengen visa (your passport and this issued residence permit is required when staying in this other Schengen country).
  • Study at a Hungarian higher education institute even in a state-funded program, if your residence permit was issued within a Single Application Procedure and for that time-period while you have this residence permit.
  • Work as a in Hungary in parallel with your seasonal employment (if this is not prohibited by your Employer).
  • In order to be a Private Entrepreneur, separate registration has to be made at the Government Office (i.e. this is not related to the Immigration Office) after ther residence permit is applied.

    Obligations:

  • within three days (counted from the first day being in Hungary) and any further Hungarian address change.
  • The report has to be made in the Immigration Office on a prescribed form. This form has to be signed by your accommodation provider as well (if the Hungarian accommodation is not an own propoerty).
  • Inform the Immigration Office about the birth of your child, if he/she was born in the territory of Hungary and has third-country nationality only.
  • Report the intention of changing your Hungarian Employer to the Immigration Office. This intention results a residence permit extension.
  • Notify the Immigration Office if your Passport or your Residence Permit is stolen, lost or destroyed.
  • Inform the Immigration Office if your Passport or your Residence Permit that was believed to be lost (and this fact was reported to the Immigration Office) was finally found.
  • Hand in your Residence Permit to the Immigration Office within eight days, if it becomes invalid.



  • Services & Pricing

    Residence Permit for the Purpose of Seasonal Employment (your obligation)

    Service Title:
    Obtaining Residence Permit for the Purpose of Seasonal Employment

    We offer in this service:
  • compile a list of all the documents required for the application,
  • review the application documents,
  • assist in preparing the application package,
  • give guidance in booking an appointment at the Consulate of Hungary or at the Immigration Office to initiate the application procedure,
  • send the application package to you for submission at the Consulate of Hungary or accompany you to the Immigration Office to file the application, if the application takes place in Hungary.

  • Pricing:

    In case of more than one Employee, we provide discount from our standard price of EUR 660*.

    *The above-mentioned fees do not include value added tax and reasonable additional costs, such as costs of posting or courier services (if any).

    Notifications (your Employer's obligation)

    Your Hungarian Employer has to notify the Immigration Office on the start or the lack of the start of your work, or if your authorised work has been cancelled before its original termination date. We help your Hungarian Employer calrify what types of notifications have to be made and also assist in fulfilling those notifications. Please see for further details: Notifications as Employer's obligation.

    Deregistration (your obligation)

    You have to fulfill a deregistratioin process if your residence permit becomes invalid (i.e., it expires, or you give up your Hungarian stay earlier than the residence permit's expiry date, or the conditions underlying the issuance of your residence permit has ceased to exist). As part of this process, your residence permit has to be handed over to the competent directorate of the Immigration Office. In case of a residence permit extension, the old residence permit has to be handed over to the Immigration Office at the same time, when the new one is collected (in this case our deregistration service below is not necessary).

    We help your meet this deregistration requirement according to the description below.


    Service Title:
    Completing Immigration Deregistration

    We offer in this service:
  • collect the information required for the deregistration,
  • prepare the deregistration letter,
  • deliver the deregistration letter and your residence permit to the competent directorate of the Immigration Office.

  • Pricing:

    In case of more than one deregistration, we provide discount from our standard price of EUR 20*.

    *The above-mentioned fees do not include value added tax and reasonable additional costs, such as costs of posting or courier services (if any).

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