Hungary welcomes Ukrainian Refugees

Hungary welcomes Ukrainian Refugees

Information for Ukrainian citizens and their families fleeing Ukraine

Hungary is providing temporary protection status, accommodation, food and healthcare for the tens of thousands of people arriving in Hungary from Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

  • This status is for Ukrainian citizens and their families who lived in Ukraine prior to 24 February 2022
  • This status is not just for those arriving directly from Ukraine but also from other countries.
  • Family members include: married spouse, common-law partner, children under the age of 18 and relatives who were living in the same household in Ukraine. Family members are entitled to the same protection even if they are not Ukrainian citizens.
  • Temporary protection must be requested: no one is given the status automatically
  • The petition must be submitted in person at any of the “collection points” near the border or at the the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing (OIF).
  • ID documents are desired but not a requirement.
  • You must take the immunisations mandatory in Hungary if you have not received the same vaccines earlier.

Note: Temporary protection status is only in place until 4 March 2023.

Sources of info:

Information for Ukrainian citizens and their families fleeing Ukraine (EN) – Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Frequently asked questions and answers for refugees from Ukraine – Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Temporary protection benefits

  • Lodging, food and healthcare: applicants must request accommodation when submitting their petition or if they have arranged their own accommodation. Also If the applicant changes accommodation, they must register their new address with the OIF.
  • Hungarian medical care will be provided to all.
  • Monthly subsistence support: applicants must request to receive 22,800 HUF per adult per month, and 13,700 HUF per minor per month.
  • Translation of personal documents, free of charge: applicants must request that the OIF pays the cost of having personal documents translated into Hungarian, when needed. Such documents include your birth or marriage certificate, or official documents attesting to your education or professional skills.
  • Employment: in certain professions, the applicant is eligible to work without any special permit; in other professions, they are entitled to receive a work permit with easier conditions.
  • Schooling for children: applicants will have access to preschools, day-care;
  • Discounted travel tickets: applicants must request the OIF to issue the certificate necessary for this. However, travel on Hungarian trains and Budapest public transport vehicles are free of charge when presenting a Ukrainian passport, Ukrainian personal identification card or Ukrainian residence permit.
  • Applicants will be given a personal identification card.
  • Free Hungarian lessons: applicants will be offered 520 hours of Hungarian, and the opportunity to take a language examination free of charge.
  • School support: One-time support if the applicant’s child in enrolled in school.
  • Family reunification: If one of the applicant’s family members has received temporary protection in another EU member state, they have the right to reside in the same country.

Note: You are no longer entitled to the monthly subsistence support if you take a job or receive a pension.

For questions regarding employment, healthcare services and education, contact Menedék, the Hungarian Association for Migrants: menedek@menedek.hu (www.menedek.hu).

Information for nonUkrainian citizens fleeing from Ukraine

Applicants will not be able to apply for the temporary protections status but only for a visa or an asylum-seeker. More info here: Information for nonUkrainian citizens fleeing from Ukraine – Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Our prayer is that in the midst of this horrible situation of immense pain and loss there will be many moments of hope and comfort.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too

2 Corinthians 1:3-5
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