Permanent Residency & Citizenship Program

The Bulgaria PR & Citizenship Program allows an applicant to obtain a lifelong permanent residence in 4-6 months, entitling him to free movement throughout the 26 Schengen member countries in Europe. Applicants can apply for citizenship after holding permanent residence (PR) for five years.

Bulgaria Permanent Residence

Information about Bulgaria

  • Bulgaria is a Balkan nation. It is located in southeastern Europe, bordering Romania, Serbia, the Republic of Macedonia, Greece, and Turkey.
  • The country has a population of 7.3 million people, approximately 18% of whom live in the capital city of Sofia (1.3 million).
  • Bulgaria has a temperate continental climate, with hot summers (27°C) and snowfall in winter (-4°C).
  • The official language is Bulgarian, and a large percentage of the population also speaks English, German, or French.
  • Bulgaria is part of the European Union, but not part of the Eurozone. The currency is the Lev (BGN), which is tied to the euro (€): 1 EUR = 1.95583 BGN. The GDP in 2015 was USD $18,501 per capita, with a growth of 3.9%.

Application criteria:

  • The applicant must possess a valid passport and reside legally in any country.
  • The principal applicant must be a minimum age of 18 years (no maximum age).
  • The applicant must provide a declaration explaining the source/origin of invested funds.
  • The applicant must pass a medical and security background check.
  • Visit Bulgaria four times, for 2-4 days (but no further in-country residence requirement).
  • The applicant must make a one-time payment of €155,000 non-refundable (a financed package that replaces the minimum 5-year investment of €512,000 in bonds).

Program Benefits

  • PR is valid for the applicant’s lifetime.
  • The Government processing time for due diligence and (PR) is 4-6 months approximately.
  • Bulgaria citizenship will allow the applicant and his / her family to reside, work, and attend school in Bulgaria and Europe.
  • There are no restrictions on nationalities (all foreign nationalities may apply).
  • Bulgaria offers a high quality of life, including modern business and medical facilities, shopping, natural beauty, sports, cultural events, and a warm climate.
  • There is no net worth, age restriction, language requirement, in-country residency requirement, education requirement, or management/business experience requirement.
  • Bulgaria has one of the lowest tax rates in the European Union and a free-trade environment.
  • No Bulgarian income tax if the PR holder resides outside Bulgaria.
  • Bulgaria allows dual/multiple citizenship.
  • Citizenship is transferable by descent, so is transferred to all children and grandchildren regardless of age, marital status, or family size (including adopted children).
  • Citizens have visa-free access to approximately 142 countries and territories, including Canada and Europe.

Citizenship Requirements:

After having PR status for 5 years, the applicant may submit a citizenship application to the Government of Bulgaria

  • The applicant must attend an interview for citizenship at any Bulgarian embassy worldwide (or within Bulgaria).
  • The Government will conduct another due diligence check.
  • The applicant undergoes a medical check by a doctor in his country of residence.
  • Once the principal applicant receives citizenship, he may apply for the children’s citizenship by descent (including adopted children) right away.

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