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Foreigners may also apply for Hungary’s new family housing allowance

In order to be eligible for Hungary’s new family housing allowance (CSOK) you do not need to be a Hungarian citizen. It is basically enough if you have a local residence and residence permit. We have summed up the related rules for foreigners and migrants as follows. Local daily newspaper Népszabadság has reported today that the regulation may trigger a mass migration of ethnic Hungarians (who by the way have Hungarian citizenship) living in the neighbouring countries to Hungary.

Hungarian residence is a condition…

The CSOK is available only for those who live in Hungary because

  • the state grant may be requested for real estate in the country,
  • the applicants must undertake to habitually reside in the home acquired with the help of the CSOK (along with their children – whose existence is another key condition for the assistance).

…but Hungarian citizenship is not

The applicants, however, do not need to be Hungarian citizens. The CSOK will be available for:

  • Hungarian citizens as well as persons to whom the Citizenship Act grants Hungarian citizenship rights;
  • persons subject to the law on the entry and residence of persons with the right of free movement and residence who practice their right of free movement and stay of over three months in Hungary and who have a registered residence in Hungary under the law on the registration of citizens’ personal data and domicile;
  • third-country citizens if the law on entry and residence of third-country nationals ensures them immigrant or permanent resident status;
  • persons of stateless status if Act II of 2007 on the Admission and Right of Residence of Third-Country Nationals ensures them this status; or
  • third country nationals registered as refugees or persons under protection if this status is ensured by the Asylum Act.

Rigorous conditions for foreign nationals

There are several special rules that will be applied to foreign nationals, the most important of which are the following:

  • for them the CSOK will be available only until they have right of residence, which must be for more than three months, if they have registered residence in Hungary;
  • right of residence needs to be verified annually by 31 January for the credit institution;
  • once the right of residence is terminated and no document ensuring right of residence, residence permit or resident status is received within 30 days, the CSOK received with interest must be repaid before exiting Hungary;
  • with the exception of refugees and persons under protection the applicant must provide an official document from the real estate registration authority of their home country, along with its official Hungarian translation, to the credit institution to prove that they (including spouse, domestic partner, children and family members living under the same roof) have no real estate in their country of origin.

Local daily newspaper Népszabadság reported today that the CSOK could persuade ethnic Hungarians in the neighbouring countries to move to Hungary, as they are also eligible for the new family housing allowance. via portfolio.hu

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