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Residence permit by
the right of permanent residence

Persons who have the right and have received a permit for permanent residence in Bulgaria, but who do not want to apply for permanent residence for some reason, can easily apply for a residence permit on the same basis. This possibility is provided for by Art. 24, para 1, sub- para 5 of the Bulgarian Law on Foreigners. It is also available to those who have married a Bulgarian citizen, with a foreigner permanently residing in Bulgaria.
Grounds for permanent residence


The algorithm is the same as for obtaining a residence permit on other grounds. First you need to prepare all the documents (a list of them is given below). The next stage is the submission of documents for Visa D. This Visa can be obtained at the Bulgarian consulate in the country of your legal stay. Its cost is 100 euros, the term for processing documents is from 30 working days. A visa is issued for 180 days. After entering Bulgaria on a Visa D during its validity period, but no later than two weeks before its expiration, you must apply to the Migration Directorate of the Regional Police Department at your place of residence with an application for a residence permit. The term for consideration of documents is 14 days, the fee is 10 levs. After obtaining permission, you need to pay a fee of 500 levs. The cost of making a personal card depends on the time frame. 30 days - 45 levs, 15 days - 90 levs, 2 days - 250 levs. A residence permit is issued for a year, then it can be prolonged.
List of documents:
  • Foreign passport, copies of the first pages and pages with a stamp about the last entry into Bulgaria. The document must be valid for at least 1.5 years from the date of submission.
  • Completed visa application form / application for residence permit. A color photo is attached to the visa application form.
  • A lease agreement with an address declaration attached to it or a notarial deed is proof of the existence of housing in Bulgaria.
  • A certificate from a Bulgarian bank on the existence of an account with at least 6 (for a visa) or 12 (for a residence permit) minimum Bulgarian salaries. In 2020, its amount is 610 levs.
  • Health insurance for the entire period of stay in the country with coverage of at least 30 thousand euros (or 60 thousand leva).
  • For adult citizens - a certificate of no criminal record issued by the relevant authorities no earlier than 5 months before filing. The document must be translated and legalized. Stateless persons do not provide it.
  • Documents confirming the ground.

  • Let us dwell on the last point in more detail. In case of marriage with a citizen of Bulgaria or a foreigner permanently residing in the country, the documents confirming the ground are:
  • Family reunification permit issued by the migration service.
  • Marriage certificate (notarized copy, translation and legalization must be provided).
  • A copy of the personal card of a Bulgarian citizen or foreigner with permanent residence. Also, a birth certificate (for minor children), a certificate of Bulgarian origin, and other documents confirming the right to permanent residence in Bulgaria can act as confirmation of the ground. All of them must be issued by the competent authorities.


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