2.10. What do I do in case of visa refusal?

In case of refusal, you will receive 2 copies of the refusal letter together with your envelope. Please make sure to sign one of the refusal letters and return one copy back to the Hungarian Visa Application Centre.

A new visa application may be submitted any time but the visa fee has to be paid again.

Applicants have the right to appeal against a decision resulting in a refused visa application (or annulment or revocation of a visa). Appeals have to be submitted, within 8 days from the date when the refusal decision was received (3 days from the date when the annulment or revocation was received), personally at the Consulate by the applicant or by a person who has a power of attorney from the applicant.

The appeal should be submitted in writing, in Hungarian or in any official language of the European Union (e.g. English). If the applicant submits an appeal in another language (e.g. in Chinese), an official translation also has to be submitted with it.

With the appeal, further supporting documents may be submitted and the applicant may be called in for a personal interview.

The fee for the appeal procedure is 220 CNY which should be paid at the time of submitting the appeal. This fee will cannot be reduced or reimbursed, not even for applicants who are otherwise waived from paying the visa application fee.

The Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade decides on the appeal within 15 days (in 5 days on appeals against a refusal of the annulment or revocation of a visa). If the refusal is upheld in its decision, it may be subject to a judicial review initiated by the applicant.

The visa application will be refused

a) if the applicant

b) when doubt arises concerning the validity and the content of the supporting documents, the reliability of the statements made by the applicant.

The reason for refusal is notified to the applicant on the established refusal form. Information on the specific reason(s) of the refusal can be requested by the applicant directly from the Consulate. In case of refusal, the visa fee will not be reimbursed.