Thursday, 29 June 2017
Long-Term Visas (Type “D”) Print E-mail
A long-term stay in Bulgaria can be continuous with a one-year leave to remain
(D-type visas), and permanent with an indefinite leave to remain (permanent residence).

Applications for D-type visas can be submitted to Bulgaria's consular representations abroad. Applications for permanent residence can only be submitted in Bulgaria.

To apply for D-type visas, foreign citizens need to submit any of the following documents as stipulated by the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act:

1. Work permits D-type visas can be granted to foreigners who have a work permit subject to clearance by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. (Reference to Art. 24 (1) 1 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act).

Documents required for applying:
  • Application form and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • Evidence of accommodation during the applicant's stay in the country, and address
  • Work permit issued by the Employment Agency at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
  • CBR check


Documents for D-type visas are submitted in person.

2. Companies and Businesses D-type visas can be granted to foreigners involved in commercial activities inside the country and who, as part of these activities, have hired Bulgarian citizens. (Ref. to Art. 24 (1) 2 of the Foreigners in Bulgaria Act).

Documents required for applying:

  • Application form and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • Certified copy of a court ruling for entry in the commercial register
  • Certified copy of the tax registration document
  • BULSTAT registration
  • Court certificate about the current state of the company (the document is valid for three months from the date of issue; applicants are required to submit the original or a certified copy)
  • A certificate from the National Social Security Institute (applicants are required to submit the original or a certified copy) for the company. The certificate should contain the following sections establishing that the applicant: а) is self-insured; b) is registered as a self-insured person; c) has hired Bulgarian citizens under an employment contract; d) has no outstanding tax payments
  • A certificate from the tax office about the applicant's declared financial results showing the amount of the taxes paid (applicants are required to submit the original or a certified copy);
  • A bank certificate: а) for no outstanding payments; b) for an existing account and a recent full bank statement
  • A document certifying the status of the applicant in the company (manager, associate, etc.)
  • Evidence of accommodation in Bulgaria and address in Bulgaria.
  • CBR check.

Documents for long-term visas are submitted in person.

3. Students D-type visas can be granted to foreigners admitted to licensed educational establishments for full-time education. (Ref. Art. 24, (1) 3 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act).

Documents required for applying:

  • Application form and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • A certificate from the Ministry of Education and Science showing that the applicant has been admitted for tuition during the respective academic year (an original or a certified copy is required)
  • A money transfer document issued by a Bulgarian bank
  • The number of the bank account to which the fee had been transferred
  • Evidence of accommodation and address in Bulgaria
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover the student’s living expenses.
  • CBR check.

Documents for long-term visas are submitted in person.

4. Foreign specialists D-type visas can be granted to foreigners who are foreign specialists residing in Bulgaria by force of international agreements to which Bulgaria is party. (Ref. Art. 24 (1) 4 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act).

Documents required for applying:

  • Application form and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • A document from the hoste organization in Bulgaria certifying that the applicant is residing in the country by force of an international agreement
  • Evidence of accommodation and address in Bulgaria
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover the applicant’s living expenses
  • CBR check.

Documents for  long-term visas are submitted in person.

5. Married to a Bulgarian citizen D-type visas can be granted to foreigners who have reasons to be granted a permanent leave to remain status or who have married a Bulgarian citizen/ or a foreigner residing permanently in the country. (Ref. Art. 24 (1) 5 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act).

Documents require for applying:

  • Application form  and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • A certificate for marriage to a Bulgarian citizen or to a foreigner residing  permanently in the country;
  • If the marriage has been entered into with a foreigner residing permanently in the country, a photocopy of the foreigner’s ID needs to be submitted
  • Evidence of accommodation and address in Bulgaria
  • CBR check.

Documents for  long-term visas are submitted in person.

6. Company representatives D-type visas can be granted to foreigners representing a foreign commercial company registered with the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. (Ref. Art. 24 (1) 6 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act).

Documents required for applying:

  • Application form and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • A court ruling for entry in the commercial register of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (the document should have been issued no earlier than one month before submitting)
  • Company tax registration document (legalized with a notary public)
  • Evidence of availability of sufficient funds to cover the applicant’s living expenses
  • Evidence of accommodation and address
  • Official authorization by the company whose representative office is being opened in Bulgaria stating explicitly the powers that are being delegated to the applicant
  • A bank account opened in the name of the representative office
  • A document for registration with the National Social Security Institute, stating that the company has no outstanding payments
  • CBR check.

Documents for  long-term visas are submitted in person.

7. Parents Foreigners who are the financially independent parents of foreigners permanently residing in the country can be granted D-type visas. (Ref. Art. 24 (1) 7 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act).

Documents required for applying:

  • Application form and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • An official birth certificate of the offspring
  • A certificate issued by the foreigners control service authorizing the parent's stay, ID card
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover all expenses during their stay in the country
  • Evidence of accommodation and address; declaration by a Bulgarian citizen certified by a notary public in cases where the parent will be staying in rented accommodation
  • CBR check.

Documents for  long-term visas are submitted in person.

8. Medical Treatment D-type visas can be granted to foreigners who have been admitted to a Bulgarian clinic for medical treatment and who have the required financial means. (Ref. Art. 24 (1) 8 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act).

Documents required for applying:

  • Application form and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • Certificate issued by a medical establishment containing the applicant's treatment plan
  • Documents certifying that the applicant has sufficient funds for support during the stay in the country (€50 day)
  • CBR check.

Documents for  long-term visas are submitted in person.

9. Media Representatives D-type visas can be granted to foreigners who are foreign media correspondents and who have been accredited to Bulgaria. (Ref. Art. 24 (1) 9 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act).

Documents required for applying:

  • Application form and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • Accreditation document issued by the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • CBR check.

Documents for  long-term visas are submitted in person.

10. Pensioners D-type visas can be granted to foreigners who receive a pension and have sufficient funds to cover their living costs in the country. (Ref. Art. 24 (1) 10 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act).

Documents required for applying:

  • Application form and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • Document, showing that they are entitled to a retirement income, issued by the country of origin and legalised with a notary public
  • Document from a bank in Bulgaria certifying that the applicant has a valid bank account to which regular transfers of his/her pension will be made
  • Evidence of accommodation and address in Bulgaria
  • CBR check.

Documents for long-term visas are submitted in person.

11. Foreign Investors D-type visas can be granted to foreigners who perform activities under the Foreign Investments Act. (Ref. Art. 24 (1) 11 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act).

Documents required to apply:

  • Application form and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • Document issued by the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance, in evidence of an already existing direct investment
  • A notary-certified copy of a document certifying the investment
  • Evidence of accommodation and address in Bulgaria
  • CBR check.

Documents for  long-term visas are submitted in person.

12. Members of Family D-type visas may be granted to foreigners who are members of the family of a foreigner with a D-type visa. (Ref. Art. 24 (1) 13 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act).

Documents required for applying:

  • Application form and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • Document certifying the relationship (marriage/birth certificate bearing a registration number, date and place of issue)
  • Photocopy of the applicant's ID card
  • Evidence of accommodation and address in Bulgaria
  • CBR check.

Documents for long-term visas are submitted in person.

13. Parents/Partners/ D-type visas can be granted to foreigners who are parents, partners (household assistants) of foreigners who have D-type visas under Art. 28 (5). (Ref. Art. 24 (1) 14 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act).

Documents required for applying:

  • Application form and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • A note by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office addressed to the Bulgarian Embassy
  • A note by the British Embassy to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry
  • A work permit issued by the Employment Agency at the Bulgarian Labour and Social Policy Ministry;
  • A document certifying the address at which the applicant is residing
  • CBR check.

Documents for long-term visas are submitted in person.

14. Free-lance Professionals Foreigners doing free-lance work may receive D-type visas subject to clearance by the Bulgarian Labour and Social Affairs Ministry. (Ref. Art. 24 (1) 15 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act).

Documents required for applying:

  • Application form and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • Evidence of accommodation and address for the duration of the applicant's stay in the country
  • Work permit (or a certified copy) issued by the Bulgarian Employment Agency at the Labour and Social Policy Ministry
  • CBR check.

Documents for  long-term visas are submitted in person.

15. Foundations Foreigners wishing to perform not-for-profit activities may obtain D-type visas subject to clearance by the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice within the terms and conditions that have been set out in an ordinance of the justice minister in coordination with the interior minister. (Ref. Art. 24 (1) 16 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act).

Documents required for applying:

  • Application form and two passport-size photographs
  • Passport
  • Permit issued by the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice (original or a certified copy) or a letter having the power of a certificate issued by the Denominations Agency at the Bulgarian Council of Ministers
  • Evidence of accommodation and address for the duration of the applicant's stay in the country
  • Document certifying that the applicant works for the foundation
  • CBR check.

Documents for  long-term visas  are submitted in person.