Residence Permit Extension

Extension of your current residence permit

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Residence permit for study purposes

If you already possess an Austrian student residence permit and you need to renew it, please follow the instructions below and always check the government website for the latest updates. 

We recommend visiting the relevant OeAD website for more detailed information about residence permits.

You find the complete list of documents for your residence permit renewal application here.

  • For the proof of academic success ("Studienerfolgsnachweis") from the previous academic year you need to submit your certificate of enrollment and a (unofficial) transcript. Please note that the minimum requirement per year is 16 ECTS points (8 CEU credits). Example: Certificate of enrollment and transcripts showing grades and credit hours.   
  • Please submit a current extract from the files of an officially recognized credit reference agency (free of charge once a year).
  • Request a current health insurance certificate.
  • Here you can find the Application form (fill in online to print, German). 

We recommend to read our FAQ on residence permit.

Applications for an extension must be filed before the expiration of the residence permitThe earliest time to apply starts 3 months before the expiration date. For example, if the end date of your current residence card is June 30th, you may start to apply from April 1stAs the application process might take quite a long time, we recommend you start the application at the beginning of the last 3 months. 

Please find the contact of the applications for the extension here. Please book your appointment for the residence permit extension at the department responsible for your district here.

Kindly let us know once you start the process at, and feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. 

Residence permit based on 'job searching' 

Persons, who have successfully completed their studies in Austria and aim to apply for a Red White Red Card (Rot-Weiß-Rot-Karte), can apply for a one-time extension of the residence permit student (Aufenthaltsbewilligung "Studierender") for the purpose of finding a job. The extension is valid for a maximum of twelve months. The application is essentially the same a regular renewal but instead of the certificate of enrollment you have to submit a certificate of graduation.
For more detailed information please check here.
Please visit our FAQ page for more information.
"Notvignette" or emergency sticker
It is common that the MA35 issues your new card only after your current permit has already expired. During this period you remain a lawful resident of Austria if you submitted your renewal application in time. Should you need to travel during this period you can apply for a one time emergency sticker. Further information can be found here. 


The National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing in Hungary (or Immigration Office) has implemented safety measures regarding all application processes. It is mandatory to wear a face mask covering mouth and nose, and obey all public health regulatons during visits to the Immigration Office.

The Immigration authorities encourage students to submit their application through an online platform called Enter Hungary Please consult the User Manual to make yourself familiar with this platform. Students must be in Budapest to process their application as they are required to visit the Immigration Office within 15 days for biometric data recording. It is strongly advised to book an appointment well in advance.

Residence permit for study purposes

Students extending their permit based on study purposes should follow the instructions at the end of this page. 

Although the standard rules state that extensions of permits should be filed 30 days before its expiration date, you are advised to submit your online application well in advance, due to the current COVID-19 crisis.

Residence permits based on 'other' purposes

Some students plan to stay further in Hungary for purposes other than study. In these cases they are advised to submit a well-based application at least 30 days prior to the expiration date of their residence permit. Applicants must be in Budapest to submit their documents to the Immigration Office at Szegedi ut 35-37, including mandatory biometric data recording. It's strongly advised to book an appointment well in advance. Residence permits applications may be based on ‘Other’ purposes if someone for example secures an unpaid internship or voluntary service at an institution, NGO or company in Hungary. Please find a check list for 'Other' purposes residence permits on this link. 

Residence permits based on 'job searching' 

Other CEU students have signaled interest in a residence permit extension, based on ‘job-searching’. Before you start, please make sure you can meet all requirements as this is a very complex application process. The permit is granted for maximum nine months, is only meant for students who will fully complete their studies in June as it includes proof of completion of studies in addition to documents issued by state employment offices. Please consult the application checklist here. The deadline is very strict: at least 15 days before a study permit expires. Applications submitted after the 15 days deadline will not be considered by immigration authorities. Keep in mind that a mandatory biometric data recording at the Immigration Office at Budafoki ut 60 is part of the application process: so you must be in Hungary to complete this process. Booking an appointment well in advance is strongly advised. If you are unsure that you can meet the requirements for a 'job searching' permit, please consider the 'other' purposes permit above.

Students whose residence permit extension will be based on study, should follow the check list below.

Required documents for the extension of current residence permit based on study:

Available at:

Application Form + Appendix 14

Application form (PDF / Word) and Appendix 14 (PDF / Word)

CEU Certificate of Enrollment and

Semi-official Transcript (Up-to-date)

Student Records Office

For a semi-official transcript: request to

Your latest bank statement (in English or Hungarian) indicating an account balance, sufficient to cover living expenses in Hungary (approx. 500 EUR/month)

Certificate of Tuition Fee payment for Study Year
(Not required for students on Full Tuition Waiver)

Finance Office (request to:

“Accommodation Reporting Form” signed by Dormitory or your landlord. No need to sign a new form if there is no address change. In this case one should submit a copy of the former small white accommodation stub, stamped and signed by the Immigration authorities.

Student Center

For Dormitory Students: Certificate of Accommodation

Dormitory (request to: Residence Manager,

For Off-campus Students: rental contract in Hungarian or English, countersigned by two witnesses (one original and one copy)

Blank contracts are available in the Student Center and the Residence Center

Application Fee 10.000 HUF payable by bank card on the spot

Passport (valid for at least 12 months at the time of application)


Copy of personal data in passport, and of residence permit


Proof of health insurance in Hungary (Original Card and photocopy). Students should request an additional Insurance Statement if their current card does not cover the period to be extended.

Student Center (request to:

One passport size photo


CEU ID Card (and photo copy)

The Aliens Policing authority reserves the right to ask for further documentation during the process, in order to review your application.

If you have any additional questions, please turn to

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