December 2021 update

We have been writing many times about some of the consequences of violating the immigration regime in Bulgaria. Basically, the Law on the Foreigners is quite straightforward:

A visa or entry into the country of a foreigner shall be refused when there is evidence that in the last two years he has violated the border, passport-visa, currency or customs regime of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Art. 10 (1), p.10 of the Foreigners Law

Pretty clear right? Visa (or visa-free allowed stay) overstay will immediately trigger entry ban for the next 2 years.

Now and before

Prior to 2020, the Bulgarian authorities were applying the legal norm quite loosely. There were many foreigners, who overstayed their visa and were still not banned from entry into the country. The covid crisis however changed the whole landscape. Since the pandemic started, according to our own research, about 97% of those who violate the visa regime (ie the validity of it), are banned from entry. Period!

What to do if you have overstayed or are about to overstay your allowed term in Bulgaria?

You must be pro-active, first of all. If your allowed term to stay in Bulgaria is soon to expire, then there is no need to panic. If you have overstayed already and are illegally in the country already, there is still a chance to rectify the situation. In all cases, please contact us asap. We can then sit together and see what the best option for you is. In most cases, we will be able to help you. But the sooner you contact us, the easier (and cheaper) everything will be.

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