As a hive of activities in the midst of Central Europe, Hungary imposes itself as one of the most attractive destinations on the Continent. 

 

Why Hungary?

When you hear that Hungary, a member of the European Union (EU) and the Schengen zone and strategically placed in the very heart of Europe, is renowned for its rich and diverse culture, quality and accessible healthcare, and ample business opportunities, it is no wonder that it is among the 25 most-visited countries in the world. For all these reasons, a rapidly growing number of investors opt for our residency program in this spectacular destination.

Benefits for temporary residence (annually renewable permit):

  • Government-approved investment in bonds;
  • Special exemption from physical residence is applied to the main applicant and all qualifying family members;
  • Fast application process. All qualifying applicants receive a Hungarian ID for temporary residency (TR) in less than three months, giving them the right to travel freely throughout the Schengen zone.

Benefits for permanent residence:

  • A single application process for the main applicant and all qualifying family members, with no mandatory trips to Hungary required;
  • A fast and facilitated application process for permanent residency. Applicants and their family members can apply for permanent residency just six months after receiving their TR cards;
  • Inclusion of dependents under 18 at the time of PR application approval;
  • Free movement throughout the Schengen zone.
  • the possibility to live and work in a safe and central European location
  • the option of tax residency (with very low business and personal taxes)
  • lifetime residency in exchange for just 5 years’ financial commitment

The Hungarian residency bond program

Hungary’s immigrant investor program (also known as “golden visa”) has the following benefits in comparison with other similar programs:

  • the cheapest government-backed, risk-free investment offer in Europe
  • fast: get residency in just a few weeks
  • only one visit required to Hungary and no obligatory stay afterwards
  • investment covers the whole family (spouse and any children who are under 18 at the completion of the application process)
  • no minimum education or health check
  • no country of origin restrictions

Qualifications 

The Investor Residency Bond Program doesn’t have any set criteria for applicants in terms of personal net worth or management experience. However, the Hungarian administration officers reserve the right to request an interview meeting with the applicant, which can be exercised at random.

During the initial due-diligence and application stages, the financial intermediary and the Hungarian authorities will follow standard know-your-clients’ (KYC) and anti-money laundering procedures. For this reason, at the stage of application, the principal applicants will have to provide a set of standard documents proving their source of income and accumulation of personal net worth.

Applicants are required to maintain a residential address in Hungary for the period of their temporary residence permit, for which additional fees apply.

Investment process

The statutory procedure for accepted foreign direct investment in the Investor Residency Bond Program includes the purchase of special Hungarian government bonds in the amount of €300,000 with a maturity of five years. At maturity, the original capital is returned to the investor without accrued interest.

Legislation dictates that the program investment is used to purchase bonds that are issued by a Residency Bond Agent approved by the Hungarian authorities. The agent, in turn, invests that amount in the Hungarian government bonds. This transaction is subject to a Subscription Agreement with the designated enterprise, which must be licensed for the main applicant’s geographic region. The government bonds are assigned for the program only, and cannot be used for trading on the public or the secondary market.

Once the security is issued to the investor, the Residence Bond Agent will provide an irrevocable declaration certifying that a treasury bond for a nominal value of €300,000, with a five-year maturity, will be purchased from the funds received from the investor within 45 days of his/her residence permit being issued. In addition to the investment, applicants are also required to cover all processing and visa application fees.

To further guarantee the investment, applicants may wish to obtain a Letter of Bank Guarantee by the issuing bank. Additional fees by the bank apply.

As the only agent registered in Hungary, we can accept applicants from any country, provided applications are lodged in person within Hungary. All other applicants must make sure that their investment is made through the designated agent responsible for their specific region.

Financing options 

When available, for a set pre-paid fee, clients can leverage their capital by choosing the Financed option. This loan is initiated and repaid at no further cost to the investor. Please contact us for details.