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Art. 24, para 1, sub-para 9 of the Bulgarian Law on Foreigners provides for the possibility of issuing a residence permit to correspondents, camera operators and other workers of foreign media. To use this ground, a media outlet must in advance contact the Bulgarian consulate in the country of its registration to obtain accreditation from the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for employees in Bulgaria.
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First, you need to apply to the consulate for a Visa D, then enter Bulgaria with it, and then apply for a residence permit at the regional department of the migration service. The validity period of such a Visa is 180 days, for a residence permit you need to apply no later than two weeks before the end of this period. A residence permit is issued for a year, in the future it can be prolonged. To do this, you need to contact the migration service again with the same package of documents. This must also be done a maximum of 10 working days before the end of the term of legal stay in the country.

The algorithm for obtaining a residence permit is the same as in other cases:
  • Passport, valid for at least another 18 months from the date of filing, a copy of the first spread and a spread with the stamp of the last entry into the country.
  • When renewing a residence permit - a copy of a personal card.
  • Completed application form (for visa - with color photo) or application.
  • Rental agreement and declaration of address (documents must be certified by a notary). For owners - a copy of the title deed.
  • Proof of funds. An account in a Bulgarian bank must contain from six (for a visa) to twelve (for a residence permit) minimum Bulgarian salaries. In 2020 it is 3660 and 7320 levs, respectively.
  • Health insurance with coverage from 60 thousand levs.
  • Police clearance certificate (exceptions - stateless persons, minors) issued no earlier than 5 months before the date of submission of documents. Applicable only for a visa and residence permit for the first time.
  • Accreditation document issued by the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry. The documents are prepared for each media employee separately. If it is not possible to open an account in a Bulgarian bank, it is recommended to check with the consulate which bank certificate they can accept. The cost of a visa is 100 euros. The cost of a residence permit: 10 levs for consideration, 500 levs for a permit as such and from 45 levs - the cost of producing a card within 30 days. If the card is needed more urgently, it can be produced in two weeks - it will cost 90 levs. For 250 levs you can get the card in 2 days.


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