Hungary became a member of the Schengen Area on 1 January 2008. This means that EU visa holders no longer need special visas or permits to visit, work or live in Hungary. Unfortunately, non-EU citizens still must navigate through the complicated Hungarian bureaucracy to live and work there.
To legally teach in Hungary, you need to find a employer that will apply for a WORK PERMIT on your behalf. Once a work permit is issued, it will be sent to you together with your contract and a work visa application. You will then have to apply for a WORK VISA at a Hungarian consulate in your country.
Once your work visa is approved, you will then need to apply for a RESIDENCE PERMIT. This is a requirement for those who intend to visit Hungary for more than ninety days. If approved, you will be allowed entry to Hungary.
The following documents are required to apply for a residence permit:
- valid passport
- reason for entry and stay
- proof of means of transportation in coming and departing from Hungary (airplane ticket, reservation, etc.)
- medical certificate stating you are free from hazardous diseases
- proof of housing arrangement (hotel, accommodation provided by potential employer)
- proof of financial means (you could present your employment contract that is issued by a Hungarian employer)
The residence visa application costs US$95. The process normally takes a month before your visa is processed.
Hungary has a particularly confusing visa system. This information is thought to be accurate but you should verify the required permits and visas prior to going to Hungary.
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