Bulgaria Citizenship by Investment


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About Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea coastline, a mountainous interior and rivers, including the Danube. A cultural melting pot with Greek, Slavic, Ottoman, and Persian influences, it has a rich heritage of traditional dance, music, costumes, and crafts. At the foot of domed Vitosha mountain is its capital city, Sofia, dating to the 5th century B.C.

Bulgaria joined the European Union on 1st January 2007

Bulgaria Citizenship by Investment

The Bulgarian Citizenship by Investment Programme awards the applicant Citizenship for investing in Government Bonds. This is a fast tracked version of the Bulgarian Residence Programme.

FActs about Bulgaria

Location: South East Europe
Population: 7,100,000 (2017)
Capital: Sofia
Currency: Bulgarian Lev (BGN)
Size: 110,993 km² (42,854 sq mi)
Languages: Bulgarian
Life Expectancy: 74 years old
GDP: $67.04 billion
GDP per capita: $9,619
Timezone: UTC +2/+3 (daylight savings time)
Climate: Average yearly temperature 10°C
Airport: Sofia International Airport (SOF)
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 10

Benefits of Bulgarian Citizenship

  • The Bulgarian passport is the 19th strongest in the world. It offers visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 168 destinations including Canada and the EU.
  • It offers the right to live, work, and study in any of the 28 EU countries and Switzerland.
  • Bulgaria’s tax structure is lowest in the EU with a 10% flat tax for Individuals and Companies.
  • Investors can use a Bulgarian chartered bank to finance their investment for a five-year term loan.


Eligibility fOR cITIZENSHIP


  • Be a least 18 years of age;
  • Be a person of good standing with no criminal record;
  • Have been a legal resident of Bulgaria for 12 months before the issue of the certificate of naturalisation;
  • Invest in Government Bonds. You must hold these investments for a minimum of 5 years.

What is the Application Process?

Submissions for Bulgarian Citizenship must go through an authorised agent. The Investment Immigration opportunities in Bulgaria are regulated by Bulgarian law: The Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act, the Bulgarian Citizenship Act, and the Investment Promotion Act.

Step 1 - Apply for Residency

The first stage is a permanent residency card application, subject to an investment of minimum €512,000. You must be a resident of Bulgaria for 12 months before applying for Citizenship.

Step 2 - Application

You may now complete and apply for Citizenship. Applicants can do this by one of two ways. 

1. Applicants can wait for five years before applying for Citizenship.
2. Applicants can fast-track this process to two years by investing an additional €512,000 (totalling €1,024,000 in Government Bonds). 

Step 3 - Citizenship

The certificate(s) of naturalisation will, if all relevant requirements have been satisfied, be issued 24 months after the date on the residence permit. Bulgarian passport(s) can subsequently be issued.

What Are the Fees and Contributions?

When considering the merits of applications for Bulgarian Citizenship by Investment Programme, you should be aware of all the relevant investments.

The following official Bulgarian Citizenship by Investment Fees.

Ordinary Citizenship
  • Purchases government bonds of €512,000
  • 6 months to Permanent Residency
  • 2.5 years to Bulgarian Citizenship
  • Total Investment = €512,000
Fast Track Citizenship
  • Purchases government bonds of €512,000
  • 6 months to Permanent Residency
  • Purchace an addtional €512,000 in Government Bonds
  • 12 months to Bulgarian Citizenship
  • Total Investment = €1,024,000