TAILOR MADE IMMIGRATION SERVICES
We will assist you and provide advisory support for virtually all of your immigration needs as well as assistance in commercial and tax matters upon your relocation in Bulgaria. Below are outlined some of our services, which we provide on most regular basis:
1. Long and short term Bulgarian visas;
We will assist you with all your visa queries, ensuring you meet all legal requirements so your application is approved in a timely manner.
2. Bulgarian residency;
In order to obtain legal resident status in Bulgaria, the applicant should fit in one of the following legally defined categories. We will advise you on the most appropriate option for your particular situation and will assist you in meeting all requirements in order to fit in one of the following categories and obtain your residence permit:
a) work permit - issued by Ministry of Labour and Social Policy to foreigners who intend to work in Bulgaria. The main obstacle here is to prove that the work position that the foreigner wants to take is quite unique and it is not possible to be taken by a Bulgarian citizen under normal circumstances;
b) business status - granted to foreigners who intend on performing trade activities in Bulgaria, thereby employing at least 10 Bulgarian citizens. Rather costly option, recommended mainly to entrepreneurs with business ideas in mind, willing to expand their presence or start new enterprise in Bulgaria;
c) foreign specialist status - granted to foreigners who work on contracts with the Bulgarian state. This option is quite rare as the foreigner has to be employed by a company who is in direct contractual relation with the Bulgarian state, or in extremely rare cases, be hired by the state itself;
d) foreign representative office status - granted to foreigners who represent foreign commercial entities, registered in the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This is the most widely used option;
e) parental status - granted to foreigners who are financially independent and are parents of either Bulgarian citizens or foreigners with permanent residence status in Bulgaria;
f) medical status - granted to foreigners who are staying for lengthy medical treatment in medical institution in Bulgaria and are financially independent. This is the most unfortunate reason for immigration, but we have to cope with even the hardest situations in life;
g) journalist status - granted to foreigners who are accredited journalists in Bulgaria;
h) pensioner status - granted to foreigners who have received Bulgarian pension or pension of their country of origin and are financially independent;
i) family status - granted to foreigners who are members of the family of another foreigner who has either long term ore permanent residency status. This is very widespread situation and we are more than happy to assist in these cases;
j) freelance status - granted to foreigners who are willing to perform freelance work after receiving permit from the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy subject to a range of other conditions being met;
k) non government organization status - granted to foreigners who wish to perform non profit (NGO, foundation) activities. This status is granted after specific permission by the Ministry of Justice subject to different conditions being met. This option is picking up, especially after the latest immigration and refugee stream from other countries;
l) refugee and victim of human traffic status - granted to foreigners who have received the relevant status;
m) Bulgarian family status - granted to foreigners who are members of the family of Bulgarian citizen;
n) real estate investor status - granted to foreigners who have invested an amount of at least 600000 Bulgarian Lev (306776 EUR) in real estate properties. This option is appropriate to foreigners who anyhow intend to invest in real estate in Bulgaria;
o) other investor status - granted to foreigners who have invested an amount of at least 250000 Bulgarian Lev (127823 EUR) in preapproved equity of economically not favorable areas, subject to additional conditions being met;
3. Bulgarian citizenship;
We will advise you on the preparation of your citizenship application in order to ensure that all legal aspects of your case are in order and you get your Bulgarian passport in due time. If you don't meet the conditions for immediate citizenship (i.e. residency term), we will guide you through the whole procedure in order to arrange your legal residency first. We will prepare you for your citizenship language exam and will explain you the exact nature of the final procedure before you become EU citizen.
4. Support and legal advice in cases where visa, residence permit or citizenship applications have been refused;
There are unfortunately many cases when we have been approached by customers who have fallen victims of the bureaucratic machine and have had their immigration applications being refused. Our experience shows that most of the time, this has happened due to bad legal advice or plain negligence. In most cases, we are able to help. There are cases however, where nothing can be done. Please get in touch with us and tell us your story so we can see what could be done.
5. Bulgarian company registration and acquisition;
Under the Bulgarian Corporate Law foreigners are allowed to remotely register a Limited Liability Partnership (Company) LLP / LLC company in Bulgaria by providing power of attorney (POA) to a trusted agent. The LLP / LLC is a company in which the shareholders liability to creditors is limited to the amount of capital invested in the company at its formation. Liability does not extend to the shareholders assets, thereby protecting the shareholder's interests. We recommend this type of entity to our foreign customers as it not only allows them to make legally profit in Bulgaria, but is also a very useful vehicle if one wants to take advantage of the business immigration options. We will prepare your company's documents on turnkey basis and you will become legal owner and manager of it. When the customer requires ready made (previously registered) company, we will act as your advisor in order to perform the due diligence procedures and the acquisition act itself. Please visit the dedicated website for company formation and administration services.