How long does the procedure take?
Who can apply for the Assisted Voluntary Program (AVR)?
Why should I choose IOM’s assistance?
Which country shall IOM take me to?
What kind of reintegration plans have the best chances of being approved?
If I don’t have a passport or other documents, can I apply for AVR?
What type of financial support IOM can offer to me?
Can I use this return service again, more than once?
Why Assisted Voluntary Return is better than deportation?


How long does the procedure take?
The identification process which is carried out by the Hungarian Office of Immigration and Nationality (OIN) can take up to one month. IOM Budapest Operations Department organizes travel upon the completion of this process and upon receipt of the application form and approval from the Hungarian authorities. The overall length of the procedure depends on the individual case and factors such as the OIN’s approval, the issuing of travel documents, availability of flights, and any special needs of the returnee.

Who can apply for the Hungarian Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme for Migrants?

  • Asylum-seekers
  • Refugees
  • Beneficiaries of subsidiary protection
  • Beneficiaries of temporary protection
  • Non-EU nationals, who are in Hungary without regular status

Why should I return with IOM’s assistance?
IOM is a professional organization working to help vulnerable migrants to return home safely and in an orderly and dignified manner. Return with IOM’s assistance is a humane alternative to deportation and is often the only solution for the migrants’ immediate plight. AVR can be advantageous for the migrant as well as the host and receiving country. The travel is free of charge - IOM covers all of the travel expenses and may also arrange for an escort if necessary. Moreover, you the most vulnerable cases are eligible to apply for reintegration assistance.

Which country shall IOM take me to?
IOM organizes your travel to your country of origin, which is assigned in your passport

If I do not have a passport or other document, can I apply for AVR?
Yes, you can apply, but in this case the process takes a little longer as appropriate travel documents must be obtained from the designated embassies before your return.

What type of financial support can IOM offer to me?
IOM does not offer any financial support upon departure to the migrants. Vulnerable returnees and returnees with chronically medical conditions are eligible to apply  for a reintegration assistance. If the returnee’s reintegration plan is approved, he/she may receive a grant of maximum €650 as reintegration assistance.

Can I use this return service again/more than once?
No, within the framework of this programme you can only return home ONCE.

Why Assisted Voluntary Return is better than deportation?

  • You travel free of charge and in a safe, dignified and orderly manner.
  • Easier, faster and assisted transit is guaranteed if you have to change flights during your journey.
  • You are eligible to apply for reintegration assistance