All foreign nationals who intend to work in Hungary must obtain a work permit.
Types of work permits:
Individual work permits are issued if a foreign national wish to work in Hungary for a period not exceeding 90 days during a 180-day period. A Joint permit is required if a foreign national intends to work in Hungary for a period exceeding 90 days within a 180-day period.
Process to obtain a work permit:
Step 1: Advertise the job in the Hungarian Labour Office (Munkaügyi Központ) for a fixed period of 15 days to allow enough time for unemployed Hungarian national to compete for the job vacancy.
Step 2: Initiate a manpower procedure by submitting a valid manpower request to the regional branch of the labour centre
Number of work permits issued for foreign employees cannot exceed the average number of workers requested by employers (monthly basis) as reported during the previous year. Such data are made available on an annual basis in the Official Hungarian Gazette (Magyar Közlöny) published by the Minister for National Economy.
An employer must satisfy the following conditions to be granted work permits:
It takes up to 90 days to obtain approval for a joint work permit and is valid for a 2-year period. Such work permits can be extended for an additional 2-year period.
A simplified procedure does not require the employer to submit a manpower request when submitting the application for an individual work permit to the Labour Centre or when submitting the application for a joint permit to the Immigration Bureau.
Circumstances under which a simplified procedure may be approved:
Step 4: Labour centre will make the final decision within 10 – 30 days from submitting the work permit. Once the work permit is approved a resolution will be issued by the Labour Centre specifying:
Step 5: Apply for a residence permit (Tartózkodási engedély) permitting residency for a period exceeding 90 days.
Validity: A residence permit for employment is issued for a 3-year period and can be extended up to 3 years occasionally. In case if the permit is issued for a maximum of 2 years, then it can be extended for a maximum of 2 years occasionally.
Step 6: Foreign nationals working in Hungary should obtain: