Immigrate to Bulgaria from UK

Immigrate to Bulgaria from UK

Updated on Thursday 05th January 2023

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Immigrate-to-Bulgaria-from-UKForeign citizens who want to move to Bulgaria must complete various formalities depending on their nationalities. Non-EU citizens, for example, must apply for short-term visas if they want to visit the country or for long-term residence permits if they want to stay longer. A particular situation is that of UK citizens who, after Brexit, will be subject to special immigration regulations if they are not Bulgarian residents.
If you plan to immigrate to Bulgaria from UK after Brexit, below you will find useful information to make your arrival in this country easy. We also invite you to ask for the support of immigration our lawyers in Bulgaria if you have difficulties or simply want a hassle-free relocation process.

Regulations for British citizens who have Bulgarian residence

Citizens of the UK who have been to Bulgaria prior to Brexit and have residence permits can enter and leave the country based on their previously obtained documents, therefore there are no special requirements they need to comply with. Also, they can renew their residence permits, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the procedure should begin at least 3 months before the expiration of the visa in order to ensure continuity.
Our law firm in Bulgaria is at the service of all EU citizens interested in moving here. We can also offer detailed information about how to immigrate to Bulgaria.
Following Brexit, UK nationals visiting Bulgaria for the first time will have the status of a third-country citizen and be able to legally remain there with a long-term visa (visa D), pending the acquisition of a residence permit. If the UK citizen works in Bulgaria, a work permit is necessary. If you are planning immigration to Bulgaria for other purposes, feel free to address our lawyers.

British citizens seeking to move to Bulgaria after Brexit

Persons who want to enter Bulgaria starting with 2021 after the Brexit transition period is over do not need visas if their stay here will not exceed 90 days in a period of 180 days. They will only need their valid passport.
British people seeking to immigrate to Bulgaria for long-terms must apply for residence permits, also known as the Long-term D Residence Visa. This type of visa has a validity period that ranges between six months and one year and can be used for entering Bulgaria for the following purposes:
  • study,
  • business,
  • research and development activities.
If you are interested in applying for such a visa, our immigration lawyers in Bulgaria are at your service. We  can help you immigrate to Bulgaria in the shortest time possible. 

How to obtain Bulgarian permanent residency as a UK national

Individuals who plan to relocate to Bulgaria from UK with the purpose of establishing themselves here permanently must obtain the D visa and live here for a minimum period of 5 years. By meeting these requirements, British nationals will obtain permanent residency and can later qualify for Bulgarian citizenship.
Our Bulgarian lawyers can provide the necessary assistance in preparing the documents related to immigration from the United Kingodm. Moreover, we can also help US nationals who want to apply for long-term residency in Bulgaria.

Immigration by investment in Bulgaria

Now that the UK is no longer a member state of the European Union, British citizens can move to Bulgaria under its residency by investment program which provides for one of the following conditions to be met:
  1. for the government bonds purchase option which needs an investment of 512,000 euros (1 million BGN) from the UK national,
  2. if the investment is maintained for 5 years, the UK national can obtain Bulgarian citizenship,
  3. a fast-track immigration procedure is also possible if the investment is doubled (the amount increases to 1,024 million euros),
  4. through the second option, Bulgarian citizenship is acquired in 2 years.
If you decide for citizenship by investment in Bulgaria, you can rely on our lawyers no matter the option you choose. This procedure implies obtaining Bulgarian permanent residence in 6 months.

The benefits of immigration to Bulgaria from UK

One of the greatest benefits of relocating to Bulgaria from the United Kingdom is that British nationals can move here with family members without any problems. Additionally, they will gain EU residency and will be able to freely travel to other EU countries after Brexit.
Bulgaria is also a good option for those who want to relocate their UK businesses here after Brexit, as this country has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in Europe.

FAQ on immigration to Bulgaria from UK

  1. How hard is it to move to Bulgaria from UK after Brexit?
The relocation procedure is not complicated, as the only requirement to meet now is to apply for a visa when coming here for stays that exceed 3 months.
  1. How long does it take to obtain a residence permit for Bulgaria?
Obtaining a residence permit in Bulgaria can take a few weeks depending on how soon the documents are filed with the immigration authorities.
  1. Can I purchase a property and move to Bulgaria from UK?
Yes, you can buy real estate with the purpose of relocating to Bulgaria.
  1. Is it possible to relocate to Bulgaria by setting up a small business?
Yes, by starting a business you can obtain a residence and work permit in order to manage your company from Bulgaria.
For assistance in case you want to immigrate to Bulgaria from the United Kingdom, please contact our lawyers.