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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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Legislative changes in Hungary anticipating a possible ‘No Deal’ Brexit

The proposal affects the right of residence, employment and entitlement to social security and unemployment benefits for British citizens in Hungary.

The Hungarian government has drafted a bill on 26 February 2019 titled “Amendments to certain laws in the event of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union in a disorderly manner” under number T/4821. According to the explanatory memorandum to the bill, the likelihood of a disorderly exit has increased significantly, which means that on the midnight of 29 March 2019 the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland would become identical to third-countries. The amendments to the law contained in the bill would enter into force in Hungary at the time and in the event of a no deal Brexit.

As regards residence and employment, the essence of the bill is that British citizens can continue to hold the same status as an EU citizen for 3 years after leaving which means, they can legally reside and work in Hungary after leaving the EU in case their status is in order, i.e. they have a Registration Certificate for EEA Nationals or a Permanent Residence Card prior to the date of the exit. After leaving and staying for at least 3 years in Hungary, they can apply for a National Permanent Residence Permit without examining the terms and conditions applicable to housing, subsistence, health insurance and Hungary’s interest. After 5 years of uninterrupted stay in Hungary, British citizens may apply for EC residence permit as well. In the latter case, however, the examination of the residence conditions, unlike national residence permit, cannot be waived.

As it follows from the rules above, British citizens arriving in Hungary after Brexit will be entitled to reside and work under the rules applicable to third-country nationals.

The main principle for the various social security benefits is that the benefits determined before the UK’s exit remain the same.
In terms of pension rights, the periods of insurance completed both prior and past to Brexit are recognized and offset, as proposed in the bill.