Bulgaria is considered one of the most accessible and comfortable countries for obtaining a residence permit (residence permit) from Russian, Ukrainian and other foreigners from the CIS countries. Language, mentality, geographical location, living expenses – all these factors attract a large number of former Soviet citizens.
Membership in the EU, despite some restrictions in terms of free movement or professional activity, which sooner or later will be removed, is an additional incentive for the registration of residence permit in Bulgaria. In addition, the Bulgarian authorities provided an impressive list of grounds for attracting immigrants. Next, let’s talk about how to obtain a residence permit in Bulgaria in 2018 and consider the main ways.
How to obtain a residence permit in Bulgaria.
Any foreigner who wishes to travel to Bulgaria for a long period (more than 90 days) must apply to the Bulgarian Consulate in his country for a long-term visa (type D). If there are sufficient reasons for issuing the document, this will allow obtaining a residence permit. Fortunately, the local laws provide for more than an extensive list of grounds that allow you to issue residence permit.
The grounds for obtaining a residence permit in Bulgaria.
Official employment, including under an employment contract or on the basis of an international treaty.
Doing business, including opening a company in Bulgaria or a foreign representative office.
Training in an accredited school in Bulgaria on a daily basis.
Family reunion, meaning the spouses and close relatives of a citizen or permanent resident of Bulgaria.
Pensioners who have benefits comparable to Bulgarian payments.
Passage of treatment in Bulgarian medical institutions, subject to the availability of funds to cover health services.
Foreign investors, after an impressive amount of investment in the Bulgarian economy.
Refugees and persons in need of protection in accordance with local laws.
The owners of expensive real estate in Bulgaria.
After obtaining a visa and moving to Bulgaria within 3 months, you need to apply to the local migration service with a request for a residence permit. Usually the main package of documents is checked at the opening stage of the visa, so there should not be any special difficulties.
As a rule, initially the residence permit in Bulgaria is issued for several months for 1 year with the right to extend to 5 years, after which it becomes possible to register permanent residence, and then citizenship.
Documents for residence permit in Bulgaria.
Depending on the reason for registering a residence permit in Bulgaria for Russians or Ukrainians, the list of documents may differ slightly, but basically it is required to provide:
Application form, completed in Bulgarian. Foreign passport, plus copies of pages with personal data and a valid visa to Bulgaria. Confirmation of the availability of living space for living in Bulgaria. This could be a lease or property in the property. When applying for a residence permit for the first time, a certificate of absence of a criminal record is required. Medical insurance. Payment of state fee. Proof of financial security from the calculation of not less than the minimum subsistence level in the country. Documentary evidence of the grounds for obtaining a residence permit.
In more detail with such reasons for registration of the Bulgarian residence permit, as employment, training and business, see the section on immigration to Bulgaria. Next, consider the basic requirements for the issuance of residence permits to foreigners, depending on the grounds, in addition to the main list of documents mentioned above.
Requirements for obtaining a residence permit in Bulgaria.
The residence permit in Bulgaria for pensioners.
notarized statement of pension accruals for the last 3 months; opening an account in a Bulgarian bank with the amount of funds not less than 1000 euros based on accommodation in Bulgaria for 12 months.
The residence permit in Bulgaria for investors.
investment in the economy of Bulgaria at least 1 million Bulgarian lev (about 510 thousand euros); proof of legality of invested funds.
Residence permit in Bulgaria when buying real estate.
To attract wealthy investors in some countries, for example, in Spain, special immigration programs are used – “golden visas”. Often, the residence permit requires investing in the economy or government bonds, but sometimes it is enough just to purchase real estate. Since 2013, you can obtain a residence permit in Bulgaria when buying a property worth at least 300 thousand euros.

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