Residence permit in Bulgaria
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Long term residence permit – is a status which permits you to feel yourself fully valid resident of Bulgaria. Long term residence permit in Bulgaria is formed in 2-3 weeks, it is given for a term of 1 year and it is extended every year.
Bulgaria now– is an attractive country for citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus and the other countries of the former CIS. Here is splendid climate, kindness of local citizens, low prices which lead to the fact that more and more people prefer to live in Bulgaria continuously or constantly.

Long term residence permit in Bulgaria gives a right for:
-staying in Bulgaria and visa-free entry/exit in terms of Long term residence permit action;
-having business by the way of opening your own firm;
- fee-paying education in schools, colleges and higher education establishments;
-allowing to form invitations for private individuals;
- quickly processing of visas in countries of Schengen agreement, referring in the embassies of these countries, located in Bulgaria.

In 2013-2014 Bulgaria, as a country that is a part of the European union, technically will enter the zone of Schengen agreement. This means, that long term residence permit will allow to transfer free almost all over the Europe.

There are several variants of getting residence permit and several of getting permanent residence permit.
The first phase – is getting of «D» visa (visa of long termresidence permit) (see below).
On the basement of this visa you will get residence permit, after 5 years you will be already able to get permanent residence permit.
If you are interested in getting any visa, ask us, and together we will decide which variant is the best for you and according to this we will help you.

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The most convenient way of getting long term residence permit in Bulgaria

In our opinion, the most convenient, quickly and reliable way of getting long term residence permit in Bulgaria – is to become the representative of the foreign commercial firm (look article 24, part 1, point 6 The law about foreigners).

You can become as the representative of the foreign representation establishment of your firm, as the representative of the foreign representation establishment of the current organization, which need representatives in Bulgaria. There are several differences while documents preparing: in the first case you will have to make a set of actions for opening your firm, and then for the representation establishment of your firm in Bulgaria; in the second case – you will have to sign documents only and send us your agreement notarized.

In the first case the responsibility for bookkeeping and for existence of the main firm rests with you, in the second case – rests with the owners of the firm, who have the current foreign representation and who seek representatives in Bulgaria.

Having become the representative of the Bulgarian representation of the foreign firm, you will get a set of documents by turning to the nearest embassy (consular agency) of Bulgaria, on the basement of which you will be able to get the long (6 months) visa of “D” category.

By being the owner of “D” visa, while the arrival in the Republic of Belarus, at any convenient time, but not later than 1 month before the expiry of the visa, you will have to turn with an application and the attachments to Migration police. There during 1 week will be made a decision about giving you residence permit. The procedure is formal, and if you have never had any problems with law in Bulgaria while your visit, then there are no reasons to say no.

There are many advantages of this scheme. If you want learn more, then look at “Notes.”

 

Summarizing

The Algorithm of getting long term residence permit (by p.6 article 24 The law about the Foreigners)
The algorithm of getting long term residence permit in Bulgaria can be divided on 4 conditional phases:

  • The opening of foreign company representation in Bulgaria (by your choice)
  • Getting the representative status of this representation establishment.
  • Getting of long “D” visa
  • Getting long term residence permit

 

Notes

- The representation establishment of the foreign firm in Bulgaria has no right to make economical activity in all it’s forms.
- Your wife (husband) and child will get residence permit automatically, after you get it. (The marriage must be officially registered and must have birth certificate, where have to be written both or one of the long term residence permit seekers in Bulgaria). Reunion of family procedure/// Or they can give documents in Consular agency with you in one time, but only if your wife/husband have grounds to do it. As exemple, Husban may be a pensioner and wife can be trade representer. Or husban and wife can be trade representers together.
- In case of representation opening in Bulgaria the main organization can be not just a juridical party but also the representatives of Juridical party can get long term residence permit.
- While arrival in Bulgaria do not forget to register in police according to your place of residence during 5 days. The paper, given to you there («The address map for a foreigner»), will be one of the documents, required to long term residence permit.
- While documents submission for residence permit in Bulgaria, pay attention to the fact that if you rent a flat, the address mentioned in the employment agreement with 95 per cent probability, will be checked by the Migration police.

 

The additional information about the documents for opening trade representative in Bulgaria

 

Documents for opening company representative (Juridical party) in Bulgaria

  • Original (or notarized copy) company extraction from commers register. Not older then 2 month. (Real limitation - 3 month, but we ask 2 month because 15 days need to translate and legalize docunents, and 15 - just in case).
  • Notarized copy of Certificate of incorporation (If in your country goverment give it).
  • Original of Declaration of consent for representation with the signature sample, notarized. From all representors.
  • Oroginal power of attorney from director to trade representor.
  • Oroginal power of attorney from director to trade registrator (to our company).
  • Original decision to open trade representation.
  • Scanned international passport (in colors).
  • Declaration of consent for representation with the signature sample, notarized.
  • Scanned international passport (in colors). By email.

In different countries, different documents are issued on incorporation. Please contact us to clarify whether it is necessary in your case.

Apostille of documents is not always required. Please contact us to clarify whether it is necessary in your case.

Only director of main company can sign power of attorney. This is a requirement of the BCCI.

We reccomend not more than 4 trade representors in one trade representative.

 

Documents for becoming a representative of the current representation establishment in Bulgaria

  • Declaration of consent for representation with the signature sample, notarized. Original.
  • Scanned international passport (in colors). By email.

 

Documents necessary to the representative for getting long “D” visa in Bulgarian consular agency.

  1. The international passport
  2. The application of the standard application form (The form for visa / How fill the form, INSTRUCTION)
  3. 2 colorful photos – 3,5/4,5
  4. Xerox copy of the international passport
  5. Note about the decision in commercial register of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  6. The current certificate, given by the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Expiration date of the document – not more than 1 month since the day of it’s issue)
  7. The document about the statistical registration (notarized copy). (note – Speaking about the plastic card “Bulstat”, and if you haven’t received it yet, then about the docket from “Bulstat”)
  8. Confirmation about having property during the time of being in the country (the employment agreement, the declaration about providing property or the certificate of property). Translate and legalized (if you have not done it in Bulgarian).
  9. Confirmation of finances. (The inquiry from Bulgarian Bank)*.
  10. The inquiry about absence of criminal records. (Expiration date – 6 months since the day of issue). Translate and legalized.
  11. Medical insurance. (Turn to us for it’s formation). The minimum sum of insurance – 30 000 Euro.
  12. The inquiry from NAT (The National agency of taxes) about absence of debts in front of tax authorities. It is required at the discretion of consular agency. The documents for long-term visa are given by your own! All documents except p.1, are required in 3 copies. In other words, according to p.4 there are 2 simple passport copies and according to p.5, then one more document – that is the original or the notarized copy, and 2 more copies – which are just copies.

The documents for long-term visa are given by your own!

All documents except p.1, are required in 2 copies. In other words, according to p.4 there are 1 simple passport copies and according to p.5, then one more document – that is the original or the notarized copy, and 1 more copies – which are just copies.

* Not all consular agency need extraction from Bulgarian bank. Most agencyes content to extract from local banks. On the account must be not less than (310*12) 3720 levs, or the equivalent in euro (1910 euro), dollars and in the other currency. From retired people is required a sum of (150 lev x 12 months) = 1800 levs or 923 euro.

 

Documents required to your childrens for getting long “D” visa in Bulgaria, during simultaneous submission of documents

  1. The international passport
  2. The application of the standard application form (The form for visa/ How fill the form, INSTRUCTION)
  3. 2 colorful photos – 3,5/4,5
  4. Xerox copy of the international passport (2 copies)
  5. Notarized copy of the document confirming relationship (birth certificate). Translate and legalized.
  6. Notarized declaration (application) about providing a child with property and finances.Translate and legalized (if you have not done it in Bulgarian).
  7. Notarized parents’ agreement for staying in Bulgaria.Translate and legalized (if you have not done it in Bulgarian).
  8. Medical insurance. (Turn to us for it’s formation).The minimum sum of insurance – 30 000 Euro.

The documents for long-term visa are given by your own!

All documents except p.1, are required in 2 copies. In other words, according to p.4 there are 1 simple passport copies and according to p.5, then one more document – that is the original or the notarized copy, and 1 more copies – which are just copies.

* Not all consular agency need extraction from Bulgarian bank. Most agencyes content to extract from local banks. On the account must be not less than (310*12) 3720 levs, or the equivalent in euro (1910 euro), dollars and in the other currency. From retired people is required a sum of (150 lev x 12 months) = 1800 levs or 923 euro.

 

Documents, required to your relatives for getting long “D” visa in Bulgaria, on a point of order “Family reunion”

  1. The international passport
  2. The application of the standard application form (The form for visa/ How fill the form, INSTRUCTION)
  3. 2 colorful photos – 3,5/4,5
  4. Xerox copy of the international passport (1 copies)
  5. Certificate for family reunion.
  6. Confirmation about having property during the time of staying in the country (the employment agreement, declaration (the application) about providing with property or property certificate).
  7. The inquiry about absence of criminal records (Expiration date – 6 months since the day of issue, is necessary for those who older than 18).
  8. For children under-age – parents’ agreement for staying in Bulgaria, the application for providing a child with property and finances.
  9. Medical insurance. (Turn to us for it’s formation). The minimum sum is - 30 000 Euro.
  10. Copy of the“ personal card” of the family member who got long term residence permit (can be asked.)

Note. Documents by p. 6, 7, 8 – should not be asked, but there were cases when they were asked. Exactly that is why we included them in the list.

The documents for long-term visa are given by your own!

All documents except p.1, are required in 2 copies. In other words, according to p.4 there are 1 simple passport copies and according to p.5, then one more document – that is the original or the notarized copy, and 1 more copies – which are just copies.

* Not all consular agency need extraction from Bulgarian bank. Most agencyes content to extract from local banks. On the account must be not less than (310*12) 3720 levs, or the equivalent in euro (1910 euro), dollars and in the other currency. From retired people is required a sum of (150 lev x 12 months) = 1800 levs or 923 euro.

 

Documents necessary to the representative for getting long term residence permit in Bulgaria for the first time

  1. Application (the example of filling)
  2. Copy of the international passport – the main page and copy of “D” visa in passport
  3. Current certificate of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) (actual)
  4. Decision of BCCI (is absent in the list but can be asked)
  5. Notarized copy of Bulstat card or the document replacing it.
  6. The notarial (owner) act or hiring contact - Notirezed copy.*
  7. Bank account – a certificate or an application / Docket or certificate from Bulgarian bank that your on your bank account there are enough money** (In some cities – strictly Certificate, in the others – it is enough to have a docket).**
  8. Address copy /Simple copy of address card.
  9. An inquiry about absence of criminal records. Translated and legalized. (Expiration date – 6 months since the day of issue).
  10. Medical insurance for the time of staying (6 months/1 year), (Turn to us for it’s formation).
  11. Tax certificate - Certificate about registration in taxing of Bulgaria. (At the moment is required not in all cities in Bulgaria)
  12. Receipt of 10 levs payment for an application. The account number and the basis you will receive.

In the hiring contract must be obligatory mentioned terms of contract, not less than terms which you ask in residence permit.

** If you ask for long term residence permit for half a year, then on your account (IN BULGARIAN BANK) must be not less than 1860 (310*6month) lev, if for a year then not less than (310*12) 3720 levs, or the equivalent in euro (1910 euro), dollars and in the other currency. From retired people is required a sum of (150 lev x 12 months) = 1800 levs or 923 euro.

 

Documents necessary to the representative for submission of long term residence permit RENEWAL in Bulgaria

  1. Application form (the example of filling)
  2. Copy of the international passport – the main page and copy of “D” visa in passport
  3. Current certificate of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) (actual)
  4. Decision of BCCI (is absent in the list but can be asked)
  5. Notarized copy of Bulstat card or the document replacing it.
  6. The notarial (owner) act or hiring contact - Notirezed copy.*
  7. Bank account – a certificate or an application / Docket or certificate from Bulgarian bank that your on your bank account there are enough money** (In some cities – strictly Certificate, in the others – it is enough to have a docket).**
  8. Address copy /Simple copy of address card.
  9. Medical insurance for the time of staying (6 months/1 year), (Turn to us for it’s formation).
  10. Tax certificate - Certificate about registration in taxing of Bulgaria. (At the moment is required not in all cities in Bulgaria)
  11. Receipt of 10 levs payment for an application. The account number and the basis you will receive.

In the hiring contract must be obligatory mentioned terms of contract, not less than terms which you ask in residence permit.

** If you ask for long term residence permit for half a year, then on your account (IN BULGARIAN BANK) must be not less than 1860 (310*6month) lev, if for a year then not less than (310*12) 3720 levs, or the equivalent in euro (1910 euro), dollars and in the other currency. From retired people is required a sum of (150 lev x 12 months) = 1800 levs or 923 euro.

 

Documents required for submission of residence permit in Bulgaria for your wife/husband

  1. Application form (the example of filling)
  2. Copy of the international passport – the main page and copy of “D” visa in passport
  3. Certificate about marriage (Translated, legalized), notarized copy/ Marriage certificate (Translated, legalized), notarial copy.
  4. Notarized declaration (application) about providing a wife/husband with property and finances.Translate and legalized (if you have not done it in Bulgarian).* or The notarial (owner) act or hiring contact - Notirezed copy.*
  5. Personal card of your wife/husband – copy/ Copy of the personal card of wife/husband (if they have it).
  6. Simple copy of address card
  7. An inquiry about absence of criminal records. Translated and legalized. (Only during the first submission of documents for residence permit by the current basement)
  8. Medical insurance during the period of staying (expiration date – 6 months/1 year) (Turn to us for it’s formation).
  9. Tax certificate/ Certificate about registration in taxing of Bulgaria. (At the moment, asked not in all cities of Bulgaria)
  10. Payment of 10 levs for an “inquiry”/ Receipt about payment of 10 levs for an application. The bank account and the basement you will receive.

*Any obligation, standard for comprehension of Bulgarian notaries, formed in the notarial office. It means that it is enough just to come to a notary and say “We need declaration "za podslon i izderzhka"”.

** If you ask for long term residence permit for half a year, then on your account (IN BULGARIAN BANK) must be not less than 1860 (310*6month) lev, if for a year then not less than (310*12) 3720 levs, or the equivalent in euro (1910 euro), dollars and in the other currency. From retired people is required a sum of (150 lev x 12 months) = 1800 levs or 923 euro.

In the hiring contract must be obligatory mentioned terms of contract, not less than terms which you ask in residence permit.

 

Documents for submission of long term residence permit in Bulgaria for your child (until 18 years)

  1. Application form (the example of filling)
  2. Copy of the international passport – the main page and copy of “D” visa in passport
  3. Notarized copy of the document confirming relationship (birth certificate). Translate and legalized.
  4. Notarized declaration (application) about providing a child with property and finances.Translate and legalized (if you have not done it in Bulgarian).
  5. Notarized parents’ agreement for staying in Bulgaria.Translate and legalized (if you have not done it in Bulgarian).
  6. Simple copy of address card
  7. Medical insurance. (Turn to us for it’s formation).The minimum sum of insurance – 30 000 Euro.
  8. Personal cards of parents – copyes (if they have it).
  9. Payment of 10 levs for an “inquiry”/ Receipt about payment of 10 levs for an application. The bank account and the basement you will receive.

 

Documents for getting certificate about family reunion:

More detailed about the procedure read in the article "Family reunion in Bulgaria"


For Wife/Husband

  • An application
  • Copy of the international passport - the main page
  • Marriage certificate - Notarized copy. Translate and legalized.
  • Notarial (owner) act or hiring contract. Notarized copy.
  • An inquiry about absence of your wife (husband’s) criminal records/ Translate and legalized.
  • A docket from Bulgarian bank accounts of both married.
  • Notarized declaration (application) about providing a wife/husband with property and finances.Translate and legalized (if you have not done it in Bulgarian).
  • Medical insurance for wife/husband (maybe required, in Varna city is not required)

For a child

  1. An application
  2. Copy of the international passport - the main page
  3. Notarized copy of the document confirming relationship (birth certificate). Translate and legalized.
  4. Notarized declaration (application) about providing a child with property and finances.Translate and legalized (if you have not done it in Bulgarian).
  5. Notarized parents’ agreement for staying in Bulgaria.Translate and legalized (if you have not done it in Bulgarian).
  6. Medical insurance for wife/husband (maybe required, in Varna city is not required)

 

Procedure of communication with Police Migration Department by steps (during formation of long term residence permit)

1. Documents submission in Police Migration Department. Review duration – 14 days.
2. In the pointed term you will get and pay for the given by Police Migration Department receipt.(Payment for long term residence permit). The receipts can be not given, then you will have to know your account number and the payment basement. To find out this information, come to the stand and write down it.
3. Returning back with receipts from Police Migration Department, you will have to give your passport until the next day. The next day you will receive a paper that permits you to stay in Bulgaria continuously, in other words, you are given long term residence permit, also an application form, which you will have to fill in by yourself at once (by yourself or with the help of small firms located nearby) and an inquiry for paying your personal card. You will pay for it + will be a taken a photo of you and your fingerprints. Also will be taken the sample of your signature. Fingertips of your pointer finger are taken on the electronic tab.
4. You will give the application back and then you will be told about the terms when you can receive your personal card.
5. You come to receive your personal card.
Formally you have long term residence permit status, since the moment of paper reception pointed in p.2.
Note:The owner of D visa which is considered to be leading, as further can arrive the relatives of the owner, must submit the documents first. After receiving long term residence permit he must request Police Migration Department for reception of “certificate for family reunion”, after this the documents can submit the other family members.

 

Guarantees

The basement for getting long term residence permit in Bulgaria is “D” visa. We guarantee that a set of documents that you will get from us, fully correspond to all the requirements of the consular agency for getting “D” visa in Bulgaria. If there is something wrong with the documents, it is always possible bring them in order and they correspond to the requirements of the consular agency and apply again, but if you are forbidden to come in EU we will not be able to help you. About this prohibition You have to know beforehand as it does not appear just without a reason. During our work we have provided consultation services about getting “D” visa and long term residence permit in Bulgaria for more than 500 people. In visa issue no one was refused. We do not give any guarantees that you will get “D” visa. And nobody will be able to guarantee you visa reception except consular. But even he is not able to go against the law if for example your Name and Surname are in the lists forbidden to entry EU.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Changes in the Aliens Act, which appeared in May 2009, for the extension of long staying in Bulgaria, was canceled previously required the condition for staying here not less than 183 days! Now, according to the law, it is enough to stay one day a year, but should be mentioned that actually you need 2-3 weeks for a long term residence permit or residence permit extension.

 

Nowadays got effective changes in the Aliens Act. These changes also connected with getting long term residence permit on the basement of “small investments”. Such a basement and the way of getting long term residence permit does not exist anymore.
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Important Information

All information on this site about vises and residence permits in Bulgaria only for NON EU CITEZENS and NOT VALID for EU citizens and nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. If you need information about residence permit in Bulgaria for this categories of peoples you need to contact us.