Visa/Residence permit

Visa/Residence permit

Visa procedure

After you successfully pass the entrance exam, you receive an official notification from ELTE that you are admitted to the study program (a Letter of Admission document is issued and sent to you). Before you start your studies at ELTE, you need to ensure your legal status in Hungary.

Considering from what part of the world you are coming to Hungary, choose the appropriate way to make your stay legal.

If you are a student from the European Economic Area (EEA: member states of the EU and Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and Lichtenstein), you are required to obtain a registration card.

If you are a student from the non-European Economic Area (non-EEA), you are required to obtain a residence permit, and after your arrival in Hungary you need to register your accommodation.

After you arrive in Budapest, you can arrange your registration card (EEA) or residence permit (non-EEA) at the Immigration and Asylum Office (in Hungarian: Bevándorlási és Menekültügyi Hivatal, abbreviated as BMH).

Visiting address to the Immigration and Asylum Office for students in higher education:

Client Service II (Budapest)


  • registration certificate;
  • endorsement of invitation letter,
  • takeover of abroad requested residence permit;
  • report of accommodation;
  • residence permit applications for foreign students

Address: 1135 Budapest, District 13, 35-37 Szegedi út (Twin Office Building, Ground floor)
Tel: +36 1 463 9100

Office hours for foreign students:

  • Monday: 08:30-13:00
  • Tuesday: 13:00-17:00
  • Wednesday: 08:30-12:00
  • Thursday: 08:30-13:00
  • Friday: 08:30-12:00

EEA Nationals are able to apply for a registration card at Admission Unit II or Admission Unit IV (1117 Budapest, Budafoki út 60.). For more information on the office hours, please visit the website.

For general inquiries please turn to the Call Center of the Immigration and Asylum Office.
Call Center: +36 1 463 9292 (Mo-Thu: 8.30-16.30, Friday: 8.30-14.00)

For more information please visit the official site of the Immigration and Asylum Office.



How to book an appointment to the Immigration and Asylum Office