Book your appointment with us to take the first step to an EU residency

With a residence permit of any EU country you’re as free to move, live, work anywhere in the EU as a local citizen. 


To get started, you need to understand the difference between a visa and a residency. Visas are issued in a formal procedure, where there is usually no legal remedy, and there is not even always much sense or logic in the outcome. A visa allows you to travel to the EU for a short period, that is not more than 90 days. Once that expires, even if you have entered the EU legally, you become illegal, as you are -with popular term- „overstaying”, that is staying longer than your visa allows. 

To stay more than 90 days in the EU you’ll need a residence permit. This means that for a specific period of time (1-3 years usually) you are free to stay in the EU, for a specific goal, set by you for yourself and explained in detail to the EU immigration office where you request a residency. You can prolong the residence permit lifelong even, submitting similar documents every three year. In our experience, if you do everything right, the renewal process becomes kinda automatic, and you never ever really need anything more than a simple residence permit.


A permanent settlement permit is a one level higher residency document that means that you don’t live in the EU to pursue a specific goal while you keep all your ties with your country of origin, or previous country, but you regard yourself as a subject of local EU law, an EU tax payer, that has the center of their life in the EU rather than any other place. Permament residency is issued for a longer period, that can be 5-10 years, and prolongation is even easier than that of a residence permit. 


DETRE VARGA & PARTNERS LLP. has a vast experience in all three cathegories.


We can assist you in any matter related to european residency.


First application


Getting an EU residency for the first time is a lot more difficult than prolonging or renewing a previous one. 


On one hand Europe is still under the shock of horrible events of the near past. Knowing Europes historical issues with generalization and theories of collective blame and stereotypes, you can bet, it’s not very difficult to turn less educated (and sadly often more educated) people against foreigners, and immigration as a phenomenon. To gain a couple more hesitant votes, politicians don’t mind that their countries takes up an attitude against any foreigner moving to their countries. In fact the word „immigrant” is already tainted. 


On the other hand, certain groups of immigrants really raise some concerns, as they tend not to integrate in local society at all, not to learn local language, culture, customs, and in order to live together peacefully, traditions and religions, and they may remain unemployed, uneducated, further contributing to anti-immigration. 


In order to keep certain groups of migrants out, they put obstacles in the way of simple people, that can’t even be considered immigrants at all, and that just want to learn, work, do business in the EU. 


Normally it should not require a lawyer to get a residence permit. Explaining the truth to the authority, that reviews the request if it’s based, could be so easy, in theory. In reality though, DETRE VARGA & PARTNERS LLP. is already known as expert in immigration law, which means to many people getting a residency on their own is not so easy at all. 


We can’t take cases that don’t really know what they plan to start in the EU, mostly whatever paperwork that it takes to get the card, the precious card... We can’t take cases of virtual studies, without any actual education, fake marriages or anything, which is fake, and employees that have no education, qualification, work experience, just want to get away from somewhere. We also can’t take cases of people who get the residence permit and make nothing come true of the specific goal they have explained to the immigration office, and just disappear. We don’t say these people can’t get a residency somehow. After a couple tries that fail they have a chance, at least statistically speaking. We just look after a different kind of portfolio. 


Clients that we have the most positive result with, are people that come to study, work as employees with specific qualification or diploma, and small business owners, that already have a thriving (or at least surviving) business somewhere. 


People from all corners of the world turn to us for european residency. We can’t repeat enough the basic principles of cooperation:


·      Immigration law is not e-bay, Amazon or Ali express. You put the hard work in, we put ours, you pay to us, and despite all our efforts you may get rejected. In such a case there is no cash refund, a residence permit is not a pair of shoes ordered from an online store. We are considered to be one of the best, we’ll do our best, you’ll witness it, but the decision is unpredictable most of the time. 


·      It does not make sense to hide or conceal things, or to lie. We treat you with trust and unless you lose our trust, we’ll believe what you say to us. However, immigration offices are police organizations, in close ties with intelligence and secret services. It’s better to go with a weaker truth that can be represented, than a lie that’s revealed by some of these authorities. 


·      You can expect results that are equal to your investment. If you invest years to get a specific diploma or knowledge, you’ll see it’s return in the form of a good position, that ensures you the residency too. If you’ve got no diploma, qualification or knowlegde, you can expect results respectively. To get a business residency a business is needed. Not a company, not a folder of company papers and a business plan, but an actual business. It will have accounting fees, administrative expenses, taxes, it will or may need an office, employees, payroll etc. There is no low cost solution, even if other consultants say so. Doing it cheap will backfire, sooner than later. We don’t say you must throw money down the drain, but you should discuss the maintenance budget with your lawyer and stick to it.


Have you got rejected?


It’s time to get things under control. 


Plenty of rejections are signed by immigration officers day by day. Politicians like to trade with immigration (like the infamous residency bond programme in Hungary) and to keep numbers at bay, other applicants get rejected by the dozen. 


If you’ve got a rejection the foremost important thing is to note the date of receiving on the paper, we do it in the right top corner. You have got a deadline to appeal, which means you need to act quickly.


You can simply upload the decision to our system, and one of our immigration legal expert will take the time to support you with a little legal advice, that will show you the way. It’s free of charge, we do this since 1986., and this way the more complicated cases, where our expertise is needed, find us more easily.