Attending university in Bulgaria

Bulgaria offers extremely good environment for university education. No wonder that students from around the world are storming each year the universities in Bulgaria. Those who are accepted will be enjoying high class education, and later, international recognition of their diplomas.

The legal challenges for non-EU citizens

While the students from other EU member states have zero formalities to comply with, students from non-EU countries have to first arrange their residency permits. And this task is often the “deal breaker” for many young men and women.

According to Art.24b from the Law for the foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria states that those who have been accepted as regular students in Bulgaria, can obtain residency permit. Sounds as clear and easy policy policy to comply with, but it comes with some caveats.

The small print in the law – the wording of the article

The said article says that those who have been accepted as students, “may” obtain residency permit. In Bulgarian legal terms, this represent the so called non-imperative wording. In other words, the lawmakers are empowering the immigration authorities to issue residency permit to foreign students in Bulgaria. However, the immigration authorities are in no way under obligation to do so. This tiny little nuance is in many cases of extreme importance for the candidate, so each application needs to be carried out with utmost care.

The Bulgarian student visa D

Prerequisite for granting residency permit to foreign students in Bulgaria is also that the candidate must possess Bulgarian immigration visa. This is the so-called visa type-D. The visa is issued by the Bulgarian embassy in the country of residence of the candidate. If the candidate can not visit the embassy in his country of origin (or residence), there are some legal ways around. If this is your case, please contact us for consultation.

There are many cases when foreign students have already obtained visa-D and have successfully arrived in Bulgaria. For some reason however, they have not proceeded with their study in the university. In such case, the university informs the immigration authorities and the “would be” student is subject to cancellation of his visa and deportation.

Our assistance to non-EU students in Bulgaria

During the years, we have assisted countless number of students in Bulgaria to bring their immigration papers in order. Students from many countries, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, just to name a few, have continued their studies in Bulgaria and are now working as leading specialists with their Bulgarian diplomas.

If you, for whatever reason, are struggling with the immigration paperwork, please don’t wait too long. Immigration laws are becoming stricter by the day and the sooner you contact us, the greater your chances for success.


  1. Good afternoon

    I would like to find out please, what the student visa requirements for Bulgaria when applying as a non-EU student.

    I am not able to find the specific financial requirements that students must show when applying?

    If you can assist, I will be grateful.

    Kindest regards

    Elif Kiter

    1. Author

      Could you please let us know what your nationality is and in which university have you been accepted?

  2. hello dear,
    I would like to know what are the papers and conditions to apply in a university in sofia .
    kindest regards.
    magalie assi

    1. Author

      Each university has its own requirements. For further information, please contact our educational department at

  3. Is it possible to apply for a visa for my family if I have been accepted to study at university? I am talking about my mom and little brother(in middle school)

    1. Author

      Presuming that you are older than 18, the only possibility for your mother to obtain residence permit is if she is taking care of you due to medical condition.
      There are also other possibilities for her and your little brother to obtain residence permit. If you need additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
      Best regards,

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