How to become a Hungarian national


Foreigners legally resident in Hungary for a certain amount of time – depending on their status - can file an application to become a citizen. Different factors are taken into account for eligibility for nationalization in Hungary.

The application for the Hungarian citizenship has to be submitted in person to the Registrar at Local Council ( Anyakönyvvezető). An individual living outside of Hungary is required to submit an application to in the Hungarian Consulate in their country of residence.

What are the requirements?

  • Valid Immigration Card
  • Clean criminal record
  • Certificate of a legal, valid accommodation
  • Exam on constitutional fundamentals (citizenship exam); this exam has to be taken in Hungarian language

When can you apply for citizenship?

You can normally make an application for Hungarian citizenship once you have completed 8 years of continuous residence in Hungary. There are exceptions to this minimum limit in the following circumstances:

  • If you were born in Hungary, you can apply for citizenship after 5 years of continuous residence.
  • If you are married to a Hungarian citizen and/or are the parent of child who is Hungarian and is a minor and/or hold refugee status, you can make a Citizenship application after 3 years of continuous residence in the country.
  • If you profess yourself to be Hungarian and can verify your ancestors were Hungarian citizens. In this case you can apply for Hungarian citizenship right after you received the Immigration Card.
  • The President of Hungary approves a certificate of naturalization or a certificate of repatriation. This deed acts as a legal document for the acquisition of Hungarian citizenship. At the end of the naturalization process the applicant swears a citizenship-oath and becomes a Hungarian citizen.

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