2020 was a year of reflection for many of us. Sidney, for example, spent a lot of time thinking about his Hungarian ancestry, and became interested in acquiring Hungarian citizenship. Because of that, he contacted Helpers Hungary to arrange his citizenship application. After submitting his request for citizenship, he sat down with our account manager Barbara to discuss his Hungarian ancestry, his reasons to apply for citizenship, and his experiences with the application process.
Although Hungarians are not a very populous nation, we are everywhere. In the 20th century, people left the country to flee from wars – these days, they mainly do so to pursue studies or employment abroad. Nevertheless, there are also many reasons to come to Hungary, and most ethnic Hungarians can apply for Hungarian citizenship.
Last Sunday was 11 April: the birthday of Hungarian poet Attila József and the Day of Hungarian Poetry. Usually, this date is celebrated with cultural events such as poetry recitals and book presentations, while some coffee shops let you pay with a poem instead of money. In this blog post, we explain the background of Hungarian Poetry Day and tell you how it was celebrated this year.
Even during the current pandemic and the many uncertainties around us, getting Hungarian citizenship based on your ancestry continues to be a straightforward process, and an easy way to gaining EU citizenship.
Why to apply for Hungarian citizenship?
Hungary is a member of the European Union with no intention for leaving (the latest public opinion polls also say that support for EU membership is stronger than ever), and Hungarian citizens can live, work, and study anywhere in the European Union. As EU citizens, they are also allowed to travel without a visa to any countries of the Schengen zone, and several other countries. The Hungarian passport is the 10th strongest in the world, with visa-free access to 182 countries.
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every aspect of life all around the world. Most people are asked to stay at home if they can, and with a positive attitude, this can be seen as an opportunity to slow down, grow, learn new skills, and focus on what is most important in your life.
So, how does all this relate to Hungarian citizenship application?
Well, to start with, the process of getting the Hungarian passport can take up to 6-18 months. So why not start it right now?
If you have been married to a Hungarian citizen for some time, you might be eligible for Hungarian citizenship in simplified naturalization, similar to the procedure required when you apply for citizenship based on your Hungarian ancestry.
Who is eligible for Hungarian citizenship through marriage?
You can apply for Hungarian citizenship if you have been married to a Hungarian citizen for at least 10 years. If you have had at least one child together, you can apply already after 5 years of marriage. Accordingly, one of the main advantages of this procedure is that you do not need 8 years of Hungarian residency, as in the case of the regular naturalization process. Having a Hungarian permanent address is not even a requirement. However, it is definitely an advantage if you do have one, and if you live at the same address as your spouse.