Just like Hungarian language, Hungarian names are different from what you have in the rest of Europe. This goes for word order, naming conventions, and name structure too. Read on to get a quick overview of naming conventions in Hungary.
Hungary’s official language is Hungarian, which is said to be one of the most difficult languages in the world. But what makes it so hair-raising to most language learners? Let’s get a closer look at the Hungarian language together to find out.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You can apply for regular naturalization in 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 skills and give you lessons to reach the level necessary for your specific application procedure.
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