As in other cases, to obtain a residence permit, you first need to obtain a long-term visa (type D). This visa is issued for six months. It is necessary to cross the border of Bulgaria with it, about which an appropriate mark must be put in the passport. Documents for a residence permit are submitted no later than two weeks before the expiration of the permit to stay in the country. The application is processed within two weeks and costs 10 levs. A residence permit is issued for a maximum of a year. Two weeks before the end of the term, you can apply for an extension of the permit, if necessary. The applicant must
confirm the basis on which he or she wants
to obtain a visa, and then a residence permit.
For pensioners, the following documents
act as confirmation of the ground:
A document from the authority paying the pension (an extract from the district office of the Pension Fund or the social security department). The certificate indicates the amount of
pension payments for at least 3 months preceding
the submission of documents for a visa.
The supporting documents must be translated into Bulgarian and legalized on the territory of the country. It is necessary to make their notarized copies. The requirement for translation and legalization also applies to all documents issued in another country in a language other than the state language in Bulgaria.
In addition, a standard documentation package
is required, common for most reasons:
A completed visa application form with a current photo in color.
Foreign passport. Its validity period must be at least one and a half years from the date of submission of documents. Its validity period must be at least one and a half years from the date of submission of documents. Additionally, it is necessary to make a photocopy of the first page spread
and a spread with a stamp on the last
border crossing when entering the country.
Evidence that the candidate will be provided with housing. For those who rents housing - a notarized copy of the lease agreement with an address declaration, where the signatures of the parties must be
certified by a notary.
For homeowners - a copy of the title deed.
Proof of funds for the entire period of stay in the country. It is a bank statement from a Bulgarian bank, which confirms the presence of the required amount on the candidate's account - at least 6 Bulgarian minimum pensions (in 2020 the amount is 250 * 6 = 1500 levs). If there is no account in a Bulgarian bank, and it is impossible to open it for some reason, you can use the services of a bank that has a subsidiary branch in Bulgaria. In this case, it is advisable to agree in advance with the consulate on the
possibility of providing a certificate from
this financial institution.