Relocating to Hungary.
Hungary is located in the centre of Europe, and is bordered by Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. The country has a population of 9.8 million, and the official spoken language is Hungarian. Budapest is the capital city and while Hungary is a member of the EU, they use their own currency, the Forint.
Hungary has a beautiful and interesting geography, with thermal lakes, vast plains, natural grasslands, wine regions, nature reserves and two of Europe’s main rivers, the Danube and Tisza. Hungary has a continental climate, with hot summer and cold winters. Hungary is known for its mathematicians and scientific inventions, such as the electric motor, the telephone exchange, the Rubik’s Cube and the plasma TV. Architecture, music and food are all historically part of Hungarian culture as well.
Finding a job.
When moving to a new country, finding a job is at the top of most people’s priority list. If you are from an EU/EEA Country, you do not need a visa or work permit as you already have permission to work and live in the Hungary. Otherwise, you may need a visa and work permit.
Before You Go
Many people will begin their job search before they leave for a new country, which is always a good idea. To gain an insight into the Hungarian job market and what kind of jobs are available, there are lots of outlets available.
The Working Abroad Jobs Board is regularly updated with jobs from employers and recruiters looking for individuals wishing to make the move. There are many other online job boards, such as Budapest Jobs and Learn 4 Good. It’s also a good idea to check newspapers for job advertisements.
For most jobs, you will be expected to have knowledge of the Hungarian language and to submit applications and CV’s in Hungarian.
EU citizens and spouses of Hungarian citizens do not need a work permit to work in Hungary. If you do require a permit, your employer must first advertise the job in Hungary for 15 days, to allow unemployed Hungarians to apply. Only after that can they apply for a work permit on behalf of you. After being granted a work permit, you must then apply for a working visa in person at the Hungarian consulate’s office in your home country. A work permit and working visa can be granted for two years, after which point it can be renewed.
General Employment Information
A normal working week in Hungary consists of 40 hours. Employees are entitled to 21 annual holiday days, and this can increase the older an employee gets.
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