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Parents of Bulgarian citizens or citizens of other states permanently residing in the country can obtain a residence permit on the basis of Art. 24, para 1, sub-para 7 of the Bulgarian Law on Foreigners.
Parents of Bulgarian citizens or
        foreigners with permanent residence


To do this, you first need to obtain a Visa D at the Bulgarian consulate in the country of your legal stay. Documents are considered from 30 working days. The cost of the Visa is 100 euros, the validity period is 180 days. During this time, you must come to Bulgaria and apply to the Migration Directorate of the police department at your place of residence (in the regional city) with an application for a residence permit. This must be done at least 2 weeks before the expiration of the visa. For consideration of documents in the Migration Directorate you need to pay 10 levs. The fee for the permit is 500 levs. The issue of a personal card is paid additionally - from 45 levs. In the future, the residence permit can be extended. To do this, with the same package of documents, you need to contact the migration service at least two weeks before the expiration of the existing residence permit.
Both for obtaining a Visa and for the initial or repeated receipt of a residence permit, the same documents are required. The main list is standard:
  • International passport + copies of the first spread and spread with the stamp of the last entry into the country. The document must be valid for at least another 1.5 years from the date of applying for a visa.
  • Completed application form with photo / application to the Migration Directorate.
  • Personal card and its copy - upon renewal of the residence permit.
  • Document proving the availability of housing. The owners present a notarial deed (copy), tenants, respectively, a notarized copy of the lease agreement with the address declaration.
  • Health insurance for foreigners with coverage of 30 thousand euros. It must be valid for the entire period of stay in the country.
  • A certificate from any Bulgarian bank where the applicant has an account, about the availability of the required amount on it. In 2020, for a visa it is 3660 levs, for a residence permit - 7320 levs.
  • Certificate of no criminal record (not submitted by minors and stateless persons), issued no earlier than 5 months before filing. Translation into Bulgarian and legalization are required!


If it is not possible to open an account in a Bulgarian bank and take a certificate from it, then the burden of supporting a parent can be taken on by his/her adult child. To do this, he/she must provide his/her bank statement, as well as certify a declaration with a notary with the obligation to support the parent and pay all his/her expenses in Bulgaria.
Additionally, additional confirmation of a specific ground will be required. The confirmation documents are:
  • Birth certificate of a citizen of Bulgaria / foreigner with Bulgarian permanent residence. A certified copy is required. The document is previously translated into Bulgarian and legalized.
  • A copy of the personal card of a person with permanent residence or a document that confirms Bulgarian citizenship (original + copy).


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