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How to stay in Hungary while waiting for your citizenship approval?

So you think you are eligible for Hungarian citizenship, right? And you want to stay in Hungary while still waiting for your application being processed? Then read on to learn more about your options.

It all depends on your application process

The procedure that lets you stay in Hungary while you wait for becoming a Hungarian citizen depends on the type of your citizenship application. There are 3 methods:

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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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