In July, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó announced that the limit on the number of foreign workers in foreign-owned Hungarian businesses would be raised from 10% to 20%. However, many enterprises under foreign ownership already employ more third-country nationals than that. How is that possible? Are these enterprises breaking the law?
Hungary has been facing labor shortage because of demographic reasons. As a result, the government has taken steps to make it easier for foreigners to work in the country. These measures proved very successful, more than tripling the number of work permit applications over the last three years before the pandemic.
It is a common misconception that if you are a third-country national staying in Hungary with a residence permit based on employment (a work permit), you MUST switch to family unification when you are getting married. Actually, the issue is more complex, and depends on the nationality of your spouse.
Many who come to Hungary with a family unification visa hope to switch to a work permit as soon as they arrive. However, you cannot simply switch from one type of residence permit to another. Let us explain why, and what are the things you actually can do if you want to find employment in Hungary and start working.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected all territories of life over this extraordinary year of 2020. In March, most of the world went into lockdown, and for a short time even administrative processes were restricted in Hungary. While the pandemic is not yet over, administrative operations have resumed over the summer.