Recognition of professional qualifications for employment in Hungary

The recognition of professional qualifications based on EU law (Directive 2005/36/EC) may be requested for the practice of a regulated profession.

Kulcsszavak: nostrification, equivalent, degree, diploma, professional qualification, foreign, automatic, professional experience, training, vocational education and training

If you want to practise a profession regulated in Hungary, you need to have your foreign qualifications recognised by the Hungarian competent authority.

You need to submit an application for the recognition of your qualifications to the competent recognition authority.

Prior to submitting an application for recognition, you have to make sure that the conditions for the recognition based on EU law are met in your case.

You may apply for the recognition of your foreign qualifications applying EU law if you meet the following set of conditions:

For the list of states considered Member States for the purposes of the recognition procedure, see ‘Other information’.

You may also apply for recognition under this procedure if you have professional experience of at least three years in the Member State where your professional qualifications acquired in a non-Member State have been recognised.

Prior to submitting an application, you also need to find out whether the profession you wish to practise is considered a regulated profession in Hungary i.e. its practice is subject to the possession of a qualification under law.

You can check whether the profession you wish to practise is a regulated profession in the list of regulated professions here.

If you are unable to clearly determine this based on the aforementioned list, you can find more information on the national assistance centre’s website.

You or your proxy may submit an application for the recognition of foreign qualifications to the competent recognition authority (to learn more about recognition authorities, see ‘Acting body’), attaching the documents required for the procedure by law to the application.

During the recognition procedure, the authority may request that you complete your application or make a declaration by the set deadline if you fail to attach all documents required for the procedure or the authority needs additional documents and/or information to make a decision. If you fail to comply with the request to complete your application or make a declaration within the set deadline, and do not ask for the extension of the deadline or the suspension of the procedure, the authority will make a decision on the basis of the available information or terminate the procedure.

The administrative deadline for the recognition procedure applying EU law is 75 days.

Different deadlines apply to the issuance of the European Professional Card. To learn more about the European Professional Card, click here.

For the most types of procedures, the following documents need to be submitted for the procedure for the recognition of foreign qualifications:

In addition to the above, applicants treated as equivalent to the nationals of the Member State must submit:

In addition to the above, the authority conducting the procedure may request the submission of additional documents (e.g. list of subjects, transcript, document proving professional experience, certificate of health). As the set of documents required to be submitted varies for each type of procedure, you should request information about the documents to be submitted from the recognition authority that will deal with your application for recognition.

For the purposes of the recognition procedure, certified copies include:

For the purposes of the recognition procedure, certified translations include:

By way of derogation, recognition authorities accept non-certified translations of English-language documents.

Individual recognition authorities may waive the requirement to submit certified translations from additional languages. You may request information from the recognition authority dealing with your case on whether there are languages for which the authority also waives the requirement to submit certified translations.

Different provisions apply to the issuance of the European Professional Card. To learn more about the European Professional Card, click here.

The recognition procedure is subject to a fee. The fee for the procedure is HUF 60 000.

The fee for the procedure must be paid upon the submission of the application for recognition to the bank account of the authority conducting the procedure. If the recognition authority finds it necessary to involve an expert in your recognition case, you will have to cover the fee for the expert procedure, which is HUF 25 000. The authority will inform you if an expert procedure is necessary and about the way in which the fee is to be paid. The authority may make recognition subject to passing an aptitude test. Irrespective of the number of subjects, the fee for the aptitude test may not exceed HUF 150 000.

If you withdraw your application before a decision is made, the fee you paid for the procedure will be reimbursed by the authority.

Different provisions apply to the issuance of the European Professional Card. To learn more about the European Professional Card, click here.

For certain regulated professions, recognition is carried out by different authorities. You must submit your application to the authority that has competence to deal with your application.

The following authorities conduct the recognition procedures for the most common regulated professions:

If you are unable to decide based on the above which authority is responsible for your application, you may request information from the national assistance centre.

You have the right to appeal against the decision of the authority conducting the procedure. The decision by the authority conducting the procedure contains information on your right of appeal, including the name of the competent body for the appeal as well as the deadline and fee for submitting an appeal.

For the purposes of the procedure for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications, the following are considered Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

For the purposes of the procedure for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications, Hungarian nationals’ and Member State nationals’ family members with the right to move and reside freely under a separate law, third-country nationals holding a residence permit for research purposes, persons with immigrant or settled status, third-country nationals holding a permit issued for the purposes of highly qualified employment and residence (EU Blue Card) and third-country nationals holding a single permit are treated as equivalent to Member State nationals.

If your qualifications are recognised applying EU law, you may start practising your profession under the same conditions as those who acquired their qualification in Hungary. However, a decision granting recognition does not mean the recognition of the level of education represented by your qualifications and does not exempt you from any additional requirements for practising the profession (e.g. professional chamber membership).

Date of the case description: 20 May 2020

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