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Do I need to speak Hungarian in order to become a Hungarian citizen?

Whether or not you are required to speak Hungarian for your citizenship application depends on the procedure you are applying in. Each procedure has their own requirements, including (or not including) language skills.

Our citizenship experts are happy to help you select the procedure that is right for you.

There are various procedures of Hungarian citizenship application– the procedure you choose will depend on your background. The language requirement is in line with the other requirements and time spent in touch with Hungarian culture.

  1. When you are verifying your Hungarian citizenship(e.g. if your parents left Hungary when you were a small child), speaking Hungarian is not necessary. If you include all relevant documents, you can submit your application in English.

  2. When you are applying for Hungarian citizenship based on your ancestry in the procedure of simplified naturalization, you have to demonstrate a basic knowledge of Hungarian. No one will ask you for a certificate in Hungarian, but you do need to be able to present your application in Hungarian while submitting it. For this, a conversational levelis more than enough: note that the officer or the consul will talk to you only in Hungarian.

  3. You can apply for regular naturalizationin case you have been living in Hungary for at least 8 years. Before you can apply, you have to pass a citizenship exam where you have to demonstrate your knowledge of Hungarian history, culture, and fundamental laws, both orally and in writing. For this, you will need strong Hungarian language skills. When submitting all relevant documents, your certificate of this exam should also be included.

Hungarian language course as needed

Our citizenship experts will not only help you select the procedure right for you, but they can also introduce you to a trusted partner who can survey your Hungarian language skillsand give you lessons to reach the level necessaryfor your specific application procedure.

Contact us to learn more!

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Where and how can I travel with the Hungarian passport?

According to Henley & Partners’ passport index of 2019, the Hungarian passport is ranked as the 10thstrongest passport in the world. With your Hungarian passport, you can travel to 180 countries without a visa. Explore the world or go on business trips without any issues or hassle with the local immigration authorities.

How do I get my Hungarian passport?

Only Hungarian citizens can get a Hungarian passport. You can apply for yours once you become a Hungarian citizen, that is, after your citizenship application is approved by the authorities. You must apply for your Hungarian passport in person, either in Hungary (if you happen to be here), or at any Hungarian Consulate around the world. You just have to make an appointment and have your photo and fingerprint (your “biometric data”) taken.

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Hungarian citizenship for children

Many of our clients applying for Hungarian citizenship ask us whether their children can apply for citizenship together with them – to phrase it more generally, whether the children of an applicant can get Hungarian citizenship through the parent. 

Are my children eligible for Hungarian citizenship?

If you are eligible for Hungarian citizenship through ancestry, your children will have the same basis for application. 

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Hungarian citizenship through ancestry: Is my ancestor Hungarian or not?

When you want to get Hungarian citizenship through ancestry, one of the documents supporting your application might be the birth certificate of one of your ancestors. But what if the place of birth turns out not to be in Hungary?

Example: “I know my grandfather was Hungarian. He was born in 1910 in Kosice – but that is in Slovakia! Can I still apply for Hungarian citizenship based on him?” 

No worries. Hungary used to be a lot bigger, so there are several towns in neighboring countries where Hungarian people live currently, and even more that are accepted as a proof of your Hungarian ancestry.

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