Entry, stay and work of Foreigners in Bulgaria

Foreigners residing in Bulgaria on legal grounds have all rights and obligations under the Bulgarian Constitution, except those for which Bulgarian citizenship is required.

Citizens of the European Union

EU citizens do not need a visa to stay in Bulgaria. They may enter and leave the territory of Bulgaria with an identity card or passport for up to three months. When the conditions of EU law are met, EU citizens may reside in Bulgaria for longer than five years or permanently, for the purpose of which a certificate is issued.

Third-country nationals

Third-country nationals have the right to a transit through the territory of Bulgaria without a visa under the terms and conditions set by EU legislation. When an agreement between the EU and a third country is in force on the conditions for issuance of a visa, entry and residence of nationals of that country, the procedures under the respective agreement apply.

Foreigners may reside in Bulgaria for short-term periods (90 days from the date of entry), continuous stay (1 year), long-term (with an initial authorized period of 5 years and renewable) and permanently – for an indefinite period.

Foreigners who can get a permission for a long – term stay are:

  1. People who have founded companies, which provided at least 10, open spaces for Bulgarian citizens.
  2. Foreign specialists residing in the country in connection with international treaties.
  3. Representatives of foreign companies.

Foreigners who can get a permission for a permanent stay are:

  1. People who have invested or have increased their investment over 1 million BGN by acquiring:
  2. People who have invested more than 1 million BGN in a licensed Bulgarian creditor institution for a period of not less than five years;
  3. People who have invested at least 6 million in the capital of a Bulgarian company whose shares are not traded on the regulated market;
  4. People who have received a Class A investment certificate or a priority investment;

Foreigners who do not need a permission to work are:

  1. Those who have long – term or permanent permission to stay in Bulgaria.
  2. Company Managers or managers of foreign company branches.
  3. Members of the board of directors of companies who do not work under an employment relationship.
  4. Sales representatives of foreign countries.

We have to keep in mind that Bulgaria is starting to move forward to a better economic level faster and faster, perceiving the growth in salaries. Remunerations in Bulgaria have grown by 8,3 % in the second quarter of 2018 putting our country on 4th place in the EU in growth of the salaries, right after Hungary with 12,5 %, Latvia with 10,2 %, Croatia with 10 %. Taking into account the above-mentioned data, we can conclude that Bulgaria is developing as well as it has not been in the past 10 years or more.

Our country started to become an attractive work destination for people from poorer countries or those who are in a disadvantaged position, which means that when people are considering and discussing where to look for a job abroad, we are already in the options.

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