Increasing number of companies start outsourcing their headquarters’ or back office’s functions to Bulgaria. The new job openings attract experts from all over the world. However, the Non-EU citizens often face difficulties dealing with the bureaucracy related to their decision to live and work in Bulgaria.
One of the legal grounds for a Non-EU national to work and reside in Bulgaria is the EU Blue card.
The Blue card constitutes a combined work and residence permit issued for a period not longer than 4 years and not shorter than 1 year.
The process for obtaining a Blue Card could be divided into three main steps.
1. Permission by the Employment Agency
The procedure before the Employment Agency in Bulgaria is initiated by the future employer of the Non-EU national.
Permission by the Agency is granted provided the following main conditions are met:
- The Non-EU national holds a university degree. The higher education and the relevant skills are evidenced with diplomas, certificates and other documents which should be translated in Bulgarian language and legalized.
- The gross labour remuneration to be paid to the foreign national should be at least 1.5 times higher than the average salary in Bulgaria for the last 12 months.
- The employment agreement between the foreign national and his/her future employer is concluded for at least 12 months.
The Employment Agency reviews the submitted documents and issues the permission within 15 calendar days.
Once the permission is granted the Non-EU national should apply for Visa D at the Bulgarian embassy in his/her place of residence. Visa D is issued within 35 business days following the submission of the documents.
The last stage of the procedure is completed by the foreign national in the district administration of the Migration Directorate in Bulgaria. The list of documents to be presented includes among other standard documents also:
- Medical insurance
- Rental agreement evidencing the existence of a residence address
- Declaration by the owner of the rented property with express consent that the foreign national could be registered as a resident at the particular address.
The EU Blue Card is issued within 7 calendar days following the submission of the application.
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