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So you have decided to relocate and are now looking for your first ever EU residence permit? A foreign national who wishes to obtain Bulgarian residence permit must first apply for a Bulgarian type "D" long stay immigration visa at the Bulgarian consulate or embassy in the country of his/her residence, which is issued on the following legal grounds (please note that these are only the most commonly used approaches, there are many more options foreseen in the Bulgarian immigration law so please contact us for more details):
1. Registration of a Trade Representative Office of a foreign company in Bulgaria;
This is the most straightforward option, used by the vast majority of foreign applicants. Foreign persons who are entitled to operate a business in their home country (or abroad) may establish a Trade Representative Office of their foreign company in Bulgaria. The registration of the Trade Representative Office is a ground on which a Type D visa and a Bulgarian residence permit is granted. The usual average time required to register the Trade Representative Office is between 10 and 20 days from the moment all required original documents have been obtained and translated. When registering Trade Representative Office, the Bulgarian law allows you in general to register up to two foreign trade representative personnel. You must well take into consideration that the primary purpose of a Trade Representative Office is to promote and expand your foreign business in Bulgaria. Foreign persons are not allowed to be involved in any economic activities of their Trade Representative Office directly. For such purpose, we strongly recommend using Bulgarian Limited Liability Company (LLC).
2. Registration of a Bulgarian commercial company employing at least 10 local citizens;
This approach is used mainly when the applicant intends to perform sustainable business activities in Bulgaria. If you are an entrepreneur and wish to penetrate the EU common market through company or subsidiary in Bulgaria, this is the way forward. Please note however that maintaining office with 10 employees and more is a costly adventure, not suitable for everyone.
3. Investment in real estate property;
Foreigners who have invested an amount of 306776 EUR (or 600000 Bulgarian Lev) in real estate purchase(s) in Bulgaria are eligible for residence permit. This approach, although requires substantial investment as stipulated above, is very useful for applicants who have the required funds and are anyway wishing to establish long lasting presence in Bulgaria by means of property purchase. Our specialists can recommend you trustworthy real estate agencies and at the same time will back you up with administrative advice and full compliance so your purchase will be 100% safe and your residence permit received without any obstacles.
4. Registration of non-profit organization with permission of the Ministry of Justice;
This option is extremely useful if the applicant does not have a commercial entity in his home country and can not therefore register Trade Representative Office. Although the procedure is somewhat cumbersome, our advisors have the necessary knowledge and experience to handle it smoothly and without any delays.
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Q) What benefits do I receive on Bulgarian temporary residence permit?
- You receive a Bulgarian ID card for foreigners, which allows multiple entries and stay in Bulgaria;
- You may renew your Bulgarian ID card for foreigners for up to 5 years with subsequent permanent residence and full citizenship eligibility;
- You enjoy a relaxed visa application process among Schengen Area countries;
- You may move your family to Bulgaria.
Q) How long can I stay in Bulgaria with a temporary residence permit?
- A Bulgarian temporary residence permit is valid for either 6 or 12 months, and it can be renewed for a period of up to 5 years.
Q) How many years do I have to stay in Bulgaria to obtain a Bulgarian permanent residence permit?
- Individuals must hold a Bulgarian temporary residence permit for 5 years before they are eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit. The registration of a trade representative office in Bulgaria allows foreign persons to easily obtain a temporary residence permit that is valid for up to 1 year, and is renewable annually for a period of up to 5 years. The Bulgarian permanent residence permit is valid for five years.
Q) Are there other possibilities to obtain Bulgarian permanent residence permit without having to wait 5 years?
- Yes, there are other options, mainly related to persons from Bulgarian origin or applicants who can invest substantial amount in their Bulgarian business. Please contact us for more details.
Q) Is it possible to bring my family to Bulgaria?
- As a holder of a Bulgarian residence permit, your family members may apply for Family D-Type visas. Please note that the term "family" refers strictly to the spouse and all dependent children who are under the age of 21 years old.
Q) What is the embassy fee for a Type D visa application?
- The embassy fee for a D-Type visa application is 100 EUR.
Q) How long does the Bulgarian embassy or consulate review my Type D visa application?
- The Bulgarian embassy or consulate processes all D-Type visa applications within 30 working days from the day of application.
Q) Do I need to attend an interview?
- All persons applying for a Bulgarian D-Type visa must be present at a Bulgarian embassy or consulate as part of their application process. We will provide you with clear instructions so your interview will be no more than a bureaucratic formality.
Our team of qualified immigration advisors is always up to date with the current legislation and can provide you with the best advisory services in order to ensure smooth transition and successful application for residency in Bulgaria. If we are commissioned to advise the applicant, after having received the initial residence permit, a status of Bulgarian (EU) long-term resident should be granted as foreseen in the national immigration laws. Then the customer will enjoy the same treatment and rights as the EU nationals in most areas. We are able to fully support you in order for you to undergo the whole procedure and to receive the necessary legal permit. Should any obstacles be found, our specialists will advise you accordingly in order to find the best legal solution for your particular case. We have proven ourselves into finding solutions even in complicated cases, which have been previously abandoned.
Persons who have acquired long-term resident status will enjoy equal treatment with nationals as regards:
- access to paid and unpaid employment, conditions of employment and working conditions (working hours, health and safety standards, holiday entitlements, remuneration and dismissal);
- education and vocational training, recognition of qualifications and study grants;
- welfare benefits (family allowances, retirement pensions, etc.) and sickness insurance;
- social assistance (minimum income support or retirement pensions, free health care, etc.);
- social benefits, tax relief and access to goods and services;
- freedom of association and union membership and freedom to represent a union or association;
- free access to the entire territory of the EU country concerned.
In the EU, the country responsible for your social security is the country where your residence is - not where your nationality is from. If you settle with all the members of your family in another EU country and are covered by that country's social security system only, you will be subject to your host country's family benefit regime. Additionally, the EU resident can benefit from the political and financial stability of the European Union member states. He or she can access EU finance and funds for business development. Please be sure to check our immigration services section and contact us for any additional details. Don't hesitate to apply for your residence permit now. You can rest assured that your paperwork will be handled with utmost confidentiality and professionalism.