How To Obtain Visa For Bulgaria12 Sep 2016
How To Obtain Visa For Bulgaria
To cross the border of Bulgaria or any other country member of EU you will need a visa. Crossing the border without visa is a crime according the Bulgarian Penal Code. There are three different regimes of staying in Bulgaria – short term, long term, and permanent. Short term is when you have a transfer or you are in Bulgaria as a tourist or visitor for no more than 90 days. If you would like to stay longer you need to have a long term permit to stay. To receive such permit, the process, has two parts. First you have to apply and receive a visa type D by the Bulgarian consulate in the country of your residence. When you obtain visa type D you can come in Bulgaria and in 6 months’ period you can submit your papers in the immigration office in order to receive long term permit to stay in Bulgaria.
Here we are providing some answers to the frequently asked questions from our clients when they desire to settle in Bulgaria.
On what grounds one can apply for visa type D and long term permit to stay in Bulgaria?
- Wish to work under a contract of employment after obtaining a permit from the authorities of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in accordance with the Labour Migration and Labour Mobility Act;
- Engage in commercial activities in Bulgaria according to the statutory procedure and at least ten jobs for Bulgarian citizens have been created as a result of the said activities and maintained during the period of stay, unless otherwise agreed in an international treaty which has been ratified, promulgated and entered into force for the Republic of Bulgaria;
- Foreign specialists staying in this country in accordance with international agreements to which the Republic of Bulgaria is a party;
- Serve as the representatives of foreign companies duly registered with the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
- Are well-provided parents of legal permanent resident foreigners in this country or of a Bulgarian citizen;
- Have been admitted to a medical establishment for continued treatment and have sufficient funds to pay for such treatment and to provide for themselves;
- Foreign mass-media correspondents with accreditation to the Republic of Bulgaria;
- Have received the right to pension in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Bulgaria, their country of origin or another country and possess sufficient means to subsist in Bulgaria;
- Members of the family of a foreigner who has been granted a prolonged or permanent stay permit;
- Parents of a foreigner or are de facto cohabitees of a foreigner who has been granted a prolonged-stay permit in pursuance of Article 23, paragraph 3 herein;
- Wish to work on a freelance basis after obtaining a permit from the authorities of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in accordance with Article 24a herein in accordance with the Labour Migration and Labour Mobility Act;
- Wish to perform non-profit activities after obtaining a permission from the Ministry of Justice under terms and according to a procedure established by an ordinance of the Minister of Justice in consultation with the Minister of Interior and with the Chairperson of the State Agency for National Security or have received an endorsement from the Religious Affairs Directorate of the Council of Ministers in accordance with the Religious Denominations Act, in their capacity as foreign religious officials invited by the central leaderships of the registered religious denominations;
- Have been granted a special protection status under Article 25 of the Combating Trafficking in Human Beings Act;
- Are members of the family of a Bulgarian citizen under Article 2, Paragraph 6;
- Have invested no less than BGN 600,000 per foreigner in order to obtain title on real estate on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria or the foreigner is the owner of over 50 percent of the capital of a Bulgarian commercial company, has invested this same amount in the capital of the company and as a result of that the company obtained title on real estate at this value in Bulgaria; on the date of the application for a long-term residence permit, the foreigner or the legal entity must have remitted the full amount and the payment must have appeared in an account in a licensed Bulgarian credit institution and if the property was acquired with loan money, the outstanding portion of the loan shall not exceed 25 percent;
- Have invested in an economically disadvantaged region in the meaning of the Investment Promotion Act by contributing no less than BGN 250,000 to the capital of a Bulgarian commercial company, whereas the foreigner is a partner or a shareholder with registered stock and owns at least 50 percent of the company’s capital and as a result of the investment new tangible and intangible fixed assets at the value of no less than BGN 250,000 are acquired and at least 5 jobs are created for Bulgarian nationals, which must be maintained for the duration of the residence as certified by the Ministry of Economy.
Other questions about obtaining visa for Bulgaria
- How long I should wait for the visa type D after I apply? Normally, it takes about 45 working days, which is about two months and there is no way to ask for faster service.
- How much I have to pay for the visa type D and long term permit to stay in Bulgaria? The state fees for the visa type D is 100 EUR and for the long term permit to stay in Bulgaria cost 500 BGN (250 EUR) and 45 BGN (22 EUR) for the ID card. All other expenses like document translation and legalization, notary expenses, legal fees are not included and they are deferent according the ground.
- Can I do this job alone or I need a emigration lawyer? You have the right to try and make it by your own to collect the necessary documents and submit them in the Bulgarian consulate in your country. As you see the grounds to receive a visa are so many the necessary documents are so diverse. So documents are issued in your country, another in Bulgaria, you wait for the visa more then two months and if something is wrong you have to start again. That’s way we recommend to use the services of a lawyer who have experience in emigration procedures. Many times in the end of the process you realize that this is the right decision.
- If I have a rejection for visa type D and long term permit to stay in Bulgaria can I appeal in court? If you have a rejection for visa type D and long term permit to stay in Bulgaria can I appeal in court you may appeal in the competent court in Bulgaria, you don’t need to go there are if you have a lawyer appointed with power of attorney to represent you during the case. The process is fast and takes about 3 months.
- Can I stay in the country based on one ground and after a year to renew my permit based on another ground? This was not possible up to now but with the amendments in the Foreigners Act this transit is allowed.
- If I’m a citizen of one country, can I submit my application for visa type D in another country? The Bulgarian law requires you to submit your documents in the Bulgarian consulate in your country of origin but you can ask for permission to submit in a different country.
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