It will be easy for foreign citizens, whose ancestors were Bulgarians, to obtain citizenship or permanent residence in Bulgaria based on their origin. An important condition: ancestors must be in a straight line (parents, grandparents, etc., but not uncles and aunts).
The main document that is required for this is a certificate of
Bulgarian origin. You should get it first. To do this, you need to
contact the State Agency for the Affairs of Bulgarians Abroad. This is
the only organization that has the right to issue such documents.
First of all, these are certificates issued by state organizations containing official information
about the origin of the applicant and / or his ancestors
Identities provided by the Bulgarian diaspora are also suitable - but only if we are talking about an organization of Bulgarians abroad officially registered and entered in the Register of the State Agency for the Affairs of Bulgarians Abroad. In this case, the certificate must accurately and
in detail indicate the data of the organization that issued it.
It is possible to provide documents issued by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church containing
information on the nationality of the applicant.
To apply, you must first make an appointment with the
State Agency for the Affairs of Bulgarians
Abroad on the website https://www.aba.government.bg.
You need to select the date of the visit for submitting documents, then confirm your email address, fill out an application for submission of an application and confirm it. Applications in State Agency for the Affairs of Bulgarians Abroad are accepted every weekday from 9 to 15 hours. Changes to the work schedule are reported on the website. You can also submit an application to the consular or diplomatic service of the Republic of Bulgaria in another country. In the application, the foreigner indicates information about himself: name, date and place of birth, nationality, citizenship, marital status, education, profession, information about relatives (including those living in Bulgaria), plans regarding the place of residence in the country, etc. Also in the application it is necessary to indicate why the certificate is required: for the purpose of submitting it to the Ministry of Justice for obtaining citizenship or to the Ministry of Internal Affairs for obtaining a permanent or long-term residence permit. A sample application is available
for download on the State Agency for the Affairs of Bulgarians Abroad website.