Immigrate to Bulgaria - Comprehensive Relocation Guide

Immigrate to Bulgaria

Updated on Monday 08th August 2022

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Immigrate to Bulgaria
In recent years, Bulgaria has become an important destination for citizens in neighboring countries interested in relocation. However, these are not the only persons deciding on immigration to Bulgaria, but also of non-EU citizens who wanted to obtain access to EU residency.
People who want to migrate to Bulgaria will enjoy a flexible taxation system with very competitive rates when it comes to other European countries, as well as great employment and business possibilities. In other words, the small Southeastern European country has become a great destination for most foreign citizens interested in exploring new opportunities. Below, our Bulgarian lawyers explain the main steps to complete when moving here. We can help you during the entire procedure.
 Quick Facts  
Entry visa requirement (from EU)  (YES/NO) No

Entry visa requirement (outside EU) (YES/NO)

Yes, unless the applicant comes from another EU country based on a residence permit

 Types of visas available

- temporary residence permit,

- work visa,

- EU Blue Card

Time frame for obtaining work visa (approx.) 

Approx. 3 weeks

 Validity of temporary residence permit

6 or 12 months

Temporary residence permit renewal requirements

It can be renewed for up to 5 years

Documents for obtaining a residence permit

- valid passport,

- proof of local address,

- proof of financial means to support oneself,

- health insurance,

- other supporting documents based on the reason of relocation

Time frame for obtaining permanent residence (approx.)

5 years of living in the country

Investor Visa availability (YES/NO)


Start-up Visa Scheme availability (YES/NO) Yes
Sponsorship requirement (YES/NO)


Time frame for obtaining citizenship

5 years of permanent residence

Citizenship/Residency by investment scheme availability (YES/NO)

Yes, the minimum investment is EUR 250,000 in business activities; fast-track procedure that leads to citizenship after 2 years is also available

Taxation of foreign citizens

 10% income tax rate applicable to income obtained in Bulgaria

Tax benefits for expats Access to approx. 60 double tax treaties


Bulgarian immigration procedures

When it comes to choosing to move to Bulgaria, there are two procedures to consider:
  • the one applicable to EU citizens;
  • the ones available for non-EU citizens.
We mentioned the ones applicable to non-EU citizens, as these have several legal pathways through which they can immigrate to Bulgaria.
If you decide to migration to Sofia, our immigration lawyers in Bulgaria who have an office in the capital are at your disposal with quick legal services.

How to immigrate to Bulgaria as an EU citizen

If you are an EU citizen, you will have nothing to worry about if you want to relocate to Bulgaria. As a matter of fact, once you enter the country, you need to obtain a residence certificate if you intend to settle here. However, if you plan on staying in the country for less than 3 months (during which you can decide if the lifestyle suits you and you can get used to living here), there is no need to apply for any visa.
You can decide for migration to Sofia which is has one of the largest communities of expats in the country, and our immigration lawyers in Bulgaria can help you settle here right away.

How to migrate to Bulgaria as a non-EU citizen

If you are a non-EU citizen and want to move to Bulgaria, you can apply directly from your home country for one of the following types of residence permits:
  • a temporary residence visa;
  • a work visa;
  • an investor visa;
  • the EU Blue Card is also available for non-EU citizens.
Student visas are also available for non-EU citizens who want to immigrate to Bulgaria, however, these are issued for the duration of the studies.
By far, the investor visa which can lead to Bulgarian citizenship is often the choice of most non-EU citizens, as it was created for those willing to invest and have the financial power to contribute in a significant way to the country’s economy.
Non-EU citizens who are already established in other EU member states can relocate to Bulgaria based on the residence cards obtained in the respective countries.
If you need time or information to help you decide on how to migrate here, our law firm in Bulgaria can be your guide, so do not hesitate to ask for support.

Immigration to Bulgaria based on an EU Blue Card

If you want to immigrate to Bulgaria as a non-EU citizen, the Blue Card can be a good option if you meet the following requirements:
  • you obtain a job with a Bulgarian company with minimum work contract of 1 year;
  • the job offer is based on a monthly salary of approximately EUR 860 (around BGN 1,700) per month, or approximately EUR 10,300 (BGN 20,200) per year.
The position you occupy must be that of a highly skilled employee.
All applications for residence permits are handled by the Migration Directorate which is supervised by the Ministry of Interior in Bulgaria.
Our Bulgarian law firm can help you apply for any type of residence permit.

Why decide on migration to Sofia

Sofia is one of the most beautiful and full of opportunities cities in Bulgaria. Here, you will find not only great business opportunities, but also employment ones.
The Bulgarian government encourages entrepreneurship mainly through low taxes and industry incentives, information technology being one of the most important in this sense. Sofia is one of the country’s largest IT hubs.
If you are interested in migration to Sofia, our local law office is at your service.
Sofia is also the largest populated city in the country with than 1,1 million citizens at the level of 2019. Other important cities are:
  • Plovdiv which accounted for 340,494 inhabitants at level of the same year;
  • Varna, which is one of the most important touristic centers with a population of 312,770 citizens;
  • Burgas with 195,966 inhabitants and Ruse with 156,238 citizens.
If you want to immigrate to Bulgaria and need assistance, do not hesitate to get in contact with our lawyers who can help you apply for any type of residence permit.