Residency bond investment in Hungary.
IMPORTANT NOTE. The Hungary residency bond programme has now closed for applications (March 2017). Citizenship by investment in Hungary is no longer possible. Investors are advised to look at suitable alternatives in Europe including programmes such as Portugal and Malta. Contact La Vida for futher advice.

Permanent residency is available in Hungary through investment in the Hungarian Residency Bond Program. This fast track investor program grants a five year residence permit to applicants investing €300,000 in government bonds. The capital is returned in full after 5 years.  The amount excludes administration, government and processing fees.

The residency can be renewed after 5 years at no further cost. Citizenship can be applied for after 8 years but under strict conditions including a language test. Hungary is an EU Schengen visa country and this visa allows freedom of travel throughout the EU Schengen zone. The visa applies to the full family.

In changes introduced on the 1 July 2016 the government of Hungary has substantially reduced the processing time for the residency visa to just 4 weeks. Parents of the applicant can now be included along with children of any age.

Key Facts

    • Investment of €300,000
    • Investment in government residency bonds
    • Full family residency (Parents & Children included)
    • Flexible. No requirement to reside.
    • Renewable after 5 years
    • EU Schengen visa travel
    • Future citizenship potential (fluency in Hungarian)
    • Fast processing time (4 weeks)


The Hungarian investor visa programme is attractive to those investors seeking bond investment or those who prefer not to invest in real estate in one of the other European programmes such as Spain, Portugal or Cyprus.

Under government legislation the €300,000 investment is used to purchase bonds that are issued by a an approved Residency Bond Agent licenced for the clients’ geographic region. The agent then invests the amount in the Hungarian government bonds within 45 days of the applicant receiving the residency. The government bonds are specific to the residency programme and cannot be traded.

Hungary Citizenship by Investment

Currently it is possible to gain citizenship after 8 years. However fluency in Hungarian is required for citizenship. As it stands Hungary offers the one of the lowest cost and lowest risk European residency programmes. For further details and clarification enquire here.

Compare Residency Visa Programmes

Hungary is not the only European country offering residency through investment in bonds. Bulgaria also offers residency and in addition citizenship through investment in government bonds. There are several European countries offering residency through real estate investment including Portugal, Spain and Greece. The real estate programme in Cyprus although a higher investment, leads to immediate EU citizenship and a second passport within 3-4 months.

More Information

For more details on the Hungarian Citizenship by Investment and the residency bond programme complete your details below.

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