BULGARIAN CITIZENSHIP

 

THROUGH INVESTMENT

Bulgaria is the country that offers the easiest EU citizenship regime for investors.

Bulgarian citizenship through investment can be acquired through the following programs:

– Standard program – application after 5 years of permanent residence through an investment of EUR 512,000;

– Fast track program – applying after 1 year of permanent residence through an investment of EUR 512,000, and doubling the investment with another EUR 512,000 in one year-term;

The most preferred investment for acquiring Bulgarian citizenship at the moment is the investment in shares or bonds of Bulgarian commercial companies traded on a regulated market or a multilateral trading system in the Republic of Bulgaria, at a market value of not less than BGN 2,000,000.

After the pointed deadline expires, the investment is fully repaid. There are broad opportunities for bank financing.

Selecting this option gives you the following opportunities:

– Acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship without holding a Bulgarian language exam;

– Possibility for the members of the family of the foreigner to acquire Bulgarian citizenship under a facilitated regime, also without knowledge of the language, without residence in the country and without giving up their current citizenship;

We provide full legal services throughout the process – request our Brochure “Investments and Bulgarian citizenship” by clicking here.

 

ORIGIN

Thousands of Bulgarians have remained outside the borders of Bulgaria in the last two centuries. Their descendants today have the opportunity to acquire Bulgarian citizenship under a facilitated regime.

By providing evidence of the ancestry of their ancestors – birth certificate, baptismal certificate or other, they can obtain Bulgarian citizenship by origin without having previously resided in the country. This option is very commonly used by clients from Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Moldova, Macedonia, Serbia, Albania.

The condition for applying for Bulgarian citizenship by origin is the providing of a certificate of Bulgarian origin, issued by the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad /SABА/.

 

OTHER OPTIONS. NATURALIZATION

The Bulgarian legislation /the Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Citizenship Act and the relevant secondary legislation/ regulates the following legal procedures for the acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship by naturalization:

– when the person is born on the territory of the country;

– when at least one of the parents is a Bulgarian citizen;

– on the basis of a marriage with a Bulgarian citizen;

– after 5 years of permanent or long-term residence in the country;

– for cultural, sporting and scientific benefits to the country;

The law regulates specific cases of naturalization when special merits are already achieved for Bulgaria in the public and economic spheres, in the fields of science, technology, culture and sport.

 

All procedures related to obtaining citizenship by naturalization take time – the deadline for deciding after the submission of documents is between 6 and 18 months, depending on the specific option.

For applicants who come from many countries around the world, Bulgarian legislation does accept double citizenship in cases of naturalization.

For applicants, who believe there may be legal reasons for applying for Bulgarian citizenship and they wish to acquire it, we can offer consultation on the legal provisions and advice in details; we can represent these clients during the process of applying for citizenship at the local Authorities – Prosecutors’ office, local competent courts and agencies, as well as before the Ministry of Justice, where the whole set of documents is submitted at the end. Refusals for naturalization cannot be appealed in court; therefore applications should be prepared very precisely.

 

Contact us for more information at office@lexsofia.com or by using any of the contact details in Contact section of the website;

You may also read the related articles in our blog:

Bulgarian citizenship by investment

Frequently asked questions: Bulgarian citizenship by investment

Acquiring Bulgarian citizenship by foreigners

* Note that foreigners, who visit or reside in Bulgaria, are obliged to follow the public legal order, to be loyal to the Bulgarian country and not to harm the prestige and honor of the Bulgarian nation.

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