Visa- the document not the card

hungary.jpg I called the office of the Consulate General in Los Angeles about my visa application after waiting a month for something that was supposed to take two weeks. “We cannot process your visa application. It will be mailed back to you today.” What a coincidence!

I picked up my application and passport along with the following informative letter.

The Republic of Hungary will join the Schengen Area on December 21, 2007. Due to this alternation…All these mean, that these travelers are not required to apply for a visa before entering Hungary….In order to be a legal resident in Hungary, you are kindly asked to contact the competent regional bureau of Hungarian Immigration…For further and detailed information please visit

Dennis warned me to be sure and not go to the incompetent regional bureau. That would be the wrong place.


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