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HR & Expats2018-07-02T13:09:48+00:00

ARC – Assisting Expats and HR Professionals

Being an HR professional, you want to be sure that your foreign employees are all compliant and you followed all regulations regarding their employment and their stay here. As a first approach, please take into consideration the following general rules.

Nationals coming from the European Economic Area (EEA)

  • Need no immigration formalities whatsoever in case of an assignment of up to 90 days.
  • Need to be reported to the Labor Office by the local host entity.
  • Need to be registered at the Hungarian Office of Taxes and Duties and the Hungarian Social Security System in case of payroll-transfer.

Non-EEA nationals (Third Country Nationals, a.k.a. TCAs)

  • Need to get permits of different kinds, depending on the length of their assignment and their nationality.
  • The local Hungarian host entity must submit a Work Force Demand form to the Labor Office having jurisdiction in the area (region/district) of their location, for being able to receive a posted TCA, or to employ a TCA. Such Work Force Demand is not needed if the number of TCAs to the overall headcount of the company, EEA assignees included, is below 10 per cent.
  • Visa exempted TCAs need a Work Permit only if their assignment is not longer than 90 days. Such Work Permit must be applied for by the local host entity.
  • Visa obliged TCAs need a Work Permit and a Work Visa if their assignment is not longer than 90 days. The Work Permit must be obtained by the local host entity, while the Work Visa will be applied for by the assignee at the Hungarian Consulate in their home country.
  • Visa exempted TCAs need a Single Residence Permit (a consolidated work and residency permit) for an assignment longer than 90 days (long-term assignment). Such permit can be applied for in Hungary.
  • Visa obliged TCAs assigned to Hungary for longer than 90 days must submit their application at the Hungarian Consulate in their home country.
  • In case of a long-term posting (no payroll-transfer) TCAs need no registration with the Hungarian Office of Taxes and Duties. Posted TCAs need an international healthcare insurance to be compliant.

If you have doubts, you can check-in for a free-of-charge consultation with us to go through the laws and regulations that apply to your company and your foreign assignees or, your local employees to be sent to a foreign country.  

ARC’s mission is to help expatriates in feeling at home in Hungary, a country with friendly people, interesting culture, a beautiful capital, wonderful countryside, and a tongue-twister called the Hungarian language…

You can rely on us when you need to arrange immigration formalities, to find a home to live in, to select the right school for your children, to localize a doctor speaking English, to find the baking powder on the shelves of a supermarket… to find anything you may need in an unknown country with a language… see above.

Please find here below some general knowledge on the formalities you will need to comply with when coming for an assignment in Hungary.

IMMIGRATION

  1. EU/EEA nationals

  • Be aware that EU/EEA nationals also need to comply with certain immigration formalities by law.

  • They need no registration if their transfer is shorter than 93 days;

  • In case of any transfer longer than 92 days they will apply for a Registration Certificate and an Address Card at the Immigration Office;

  • The most important supporting document for a Registration Certificate is a proof of employment in/transfer to Hungary. The most important document for an Address Card is a proof of lodging (like a lease agreement) in Hungary.

  1. Non-EU Visa-waived nationals

  1. Short assignment

  • Visa-waived Non-EU/EEA nationals need no immigration formalities in case their transfer to Hungary is no longer than 90 days (although the local host entity is supposed to arrange a short-term Work Permit for them);

  1. Visa-waived Non-EU/EEA nationals need to apply for a Single Permit (a.k.a. Consolidated Work and Residency Permit) at the Immigration Office after arrival in Hungary, in case their transfer is longer than 90 days. The processing time is 70 days by law, in case the application file is complete.

  1. Non-EU Visa nationals

  1. Visa nationals cannot enter Hungary without an entry visa. Thus, they need a Visa in case of a short assignment too. Short assignment is no longer than 90 days. The Visa application will be submitted at the Hungarian Consulate in their home country or country of permanent residence, based on a Work Permit pre-arranged by the Hungarian host entity. The required supporting documents will be specified by the immigration services provider after pre-assessment of their case.

  2. Visa nationals being transferred to Hungary for longer than 90 days require a Single Permit (a.k.a. Consolidated Work and Residency Permit). Such application will be submitted at the Hungarian Consulate in their home country or country of permanent residence. The processing time is 70 days by law, in case the application file is complete. When the Permit is granted the assignee will get a Single-Entry Visa allowing him to enter Hungary and claim his Single Permit at the Immigration Office. The required supporting documents will be specified by the immigration services provider after pre-assessment of their case.

HOUSING

Please accept just a few pieces of information on certain particularities and practices of the rental market in Hungary. Our goal is to make you fully informed and prepared for your home finding here.

  1. There is a tremendous inflow of foreign workers into Hungary, and the results are

  1. A significant shortage on the rental market;

  2. A rather important rise in rental fees and the deposits;

  3. Turnover on the rental market became very fast, requiring you to make prompt decision and pay a deposit very soon, sometimes even on the spot.

  1. Be aware that landlords will never agree to let a studio or a one-bedroom apartment to a family.

  2. Lease agreements tend to be detailed and scrupulous, containing sometimes serious sanctions for any delay with the rent (or utility) payments, or even the slightest breach to the clauses of the lease.

GEOGRAPHY

With a land area of 93,030 square km, Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe.

Hungary’s modern borders were first established after World War I when, by the terms of the Treaty of Trianon in 1920, it lost more than 71% of what had formerly been the Kingdom of Hungary, 58.5% of its population, and 32% of the Hungarians.

The major rivers in the country are the Danube and Tisza. Hungary has three major lakes. Lake Balaton, the largest, is 78 km long and from 3 to 14 km wide, with an area of 600 square kms. Hungarians often refer to it as the Hungarian Sea. It is Central Europe‘s largest freshwater lake and an important recreation area. Its shallow waters offer good summer swimming, and in winter its frozen surface provides excellent opportunities for winter sports. Smaller bodies of water are Lake Velence (26 square km) in Fejér County and Lake Fertő (Neusiedler See—about 82 square km within Hungary), and the artificial Lake Tisza.

Hungary has a mainly continental climate, with cold winters and warm to hot summers. The average annual temperature is about 10 °C (50 °F), in summer 27 to 35 °C (81 to 95 °F), and in winter 0 to −15 °C (32 to 5 °F), with extremes ranging from about 42 °C (108 °F) in summer to −35 °C (−31 °F) in winter. Average yearly rainfall is about 600 mm (23.6 in). Distribution and frequency of rainfall are unpredictable.

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