(Updated on 02.12.2021)
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 under Directive 2009/50/EU is the EU Blue card.
The Blue card constitutes a combined work and residence permit issued for a period up to 4 years.
The process for obtaining a Blue Card could be divided into five main steps.
- Submission of an application at the Migration Directorate
This step can be completed by:
- the future employer of the Non-EU national or by a person authorised by him/her; or
- the Non-EU national – if he/she has a long-term residence permit in Bulgaria.
The documents are submitted 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;
- Criminal record certificate;
- Documents of education, specialty, legal capacity, professional qualification and experience of the Non-EU national which should be translated in Bulgarian language and legalized.
- Permission by the Employment Agency
Permission by the Employment 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 documents should be issued by a competent authority after education of at least 3 years’ duration by an educational institution recognised as a higher education institution by the State concerned;
- 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 sends electronically to the Migration Directorate a written statement within 14 days of receipt of the application by the Employment Agency.
- Positive statement
The Migration Directorate sends a notice electronically to: 1) the future employer of the Non-EU national or to the person authorised by him/her or 2) to the foreign national (depending on who submitted the application to the Migration Directorate) within 3 days of receipt of the positive statement of the Employment Agency.
- Visa D
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.
- Application before Migration
Within 7 days after his/her entry, the foreign national shall appear in person at the Migration Directorate.
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