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Changes In The White Card Rules From 2022

As of 1 January 2022, certain provisions of Act II of 2007 on the Entry and Residence of Third-Country Nationals (hereinafter: “Act.”) were amended. The amendment introduced a new type of permit allowing third-country digital nomads to reside in Hungary. The new permit is the so-called White Card.

What is the White Card and what does it authorize to?

The White Card is a special residence permit that allows third-country digital nomads to stay in Hungary for 1 year (which can be extended with an additional year).

In this respect, a digital nomad is a person who has an employment relationship in or profit from a third country, but actually performs his/her work or business management tasks from Hungary using advanced digital technology.

It is important to note, however, that only those who meet all the conditions are entitled for the White Card. For example, a person who work for an employer in Hungary, is not able to apply.

Related rules

In view of the international nature of the White Card, specific labour, social security and tax issues will inevitably arise, but these can only be clarified precisely on a case-by-case basis.

The White Card, unlike other residence permits, does not provide any entitlement for the holder’s family members.

As of 1 January 2022, third-country digital nomads will be able to reside in Hungary with a White Card for 1 year (optionally extended by 1 year). If you have any questions in connection with its conditions, application procedure, or the related labour, social security and tax rules, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Should you have any questions regarding the above, feel free to contact us.

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The right of exit and of entry following Brexit

The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on 31 January 2020. As the date draws ever so close, it is time to get acquainted with the rules to follow the departure of the country, most importantly the right of exit and of entry of union citizens.
Presently, union citizens can enter the UK with both their national identity cards or their passports and they do not need a visa to do so. Although 31 January 2020 is the day the UK shall officially leave the EU, it will be followed by a transition period, in which the rules of entry and exit shall remain unchanged.

According to the agreement between the UK and the EU, this transition period ends on 31 December 2020. The Joint Committee (comprising representatives of the EU and UK) may extend this transition period one time with an additional 1 or 2 years. As a result, the current system could hold out as late as 2022, but for now 31 December 2020 shall be deemed the relevant date.

Come 1 January 2021, – assuming no extension takes place – it will be entirely up to the British Parliament to determine the conditions of entry and exit into the country, specifically whether or not a passport and/ or visa is required.