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Landlocked in central Europe and well known for its capital of Budapest, Hungry has a rich history with Celtic ties, as well as being one of the oldest independent countries in Europe. Whether you wish to explore the vibrant streets of Budapest, soak in the well-renowned hot springs, or delve into the rich musical history, Hungry has something for everyone.
Keep reading to learn more about how you can reclaim your Hungarian citizenship through your family lineage.
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The Hungarian government’s principles regarding citizenship are based on the Latin expression “jus sanguinis“, meaning “right of blood“. This means that if you can trace your family lineage back to Hungary, you may be able to live, work, and study in any of the 28 countries throughout the European Union with no restrictions. 

There are currently three ways to apply for or recover Hungarian citizenship using your family lineage.

If you know that you have an ancestor from Hungary, or if you or a family member at some point lost their Hungarian citizenship, we would be happy to discuss your application options with you. Below you will find a brief summary of what is required in order to apply.


Many people whose parents, grandparents or great-grandparents were born in Hungary qualify for Hungarian citizenship through descent, including those who at some point lost their citizenship. Below are the personal requirements you must meet, as well as the documentation you must be able to present.

Lineage Requirements

Generally, to meet the requirements for Hungarian citizenship, you must have at least one direct ancestor who:
  • Was born in Hungary and held Hungarian citizenship.


  • Was born in Hungary but lost their citizenship (but you must be able to speak Hungarian).

Paperwork Requirements

While the necessary documents tend to vary depending on which process you are going through to apply for Hungarian citizenship, generally, you must be able to provide translated copies of:
  • Your own birth certificate
  • Original birth and marriage (and if the case, divorce) certificates tracing you back to your ancestor who had Hungarian citizenship
  • Apostille identification (depending on country of origin)

Are you required to travel?

Some countries require you to travel in order to receive your citizenship once you have proven to be related to a citizen, however, this is not required by the Hungarian government! You can receive your Hungarian citizenship without ever leaving your home country.

Find out if you are eligible to regain your family’s Hungarian citizenship.

Fill out our contact form to the best of your ability to speak with one of our experienced associates about how we can help to guide you through the citizenship process!