Immigration Law

Whether it's helping with the initial application, understanding the legal requirements, or offering support throughout the process, Advocate Markov’s team is well-equipped to provide personalized assistance tailored to each client's unique circumstances, ensuring a smooth and successful journey towards residency in Bulgaria.

Advocate Markov’s team has been a trailblazer in the Bulgarian immigration sector, marked by the launch of the first dedicated immigration website for Bulgaria,, which continues to be a valuable resource today.

Our specialized immigration department is committed to guiding you through the various available immigration opportunities in Bulgaria. We focus on identifying the most appropriate D visa category for your specific situation, understanding that obtaining a D visa is a crucial prerequisite for securing a residency card.

Particularly, our expertise lies in assisting with D visa categories related to business and investment. Our team is adept at navigating the intricate processes involved, ensuring that clients seeking to establish business or investment ventures in Bulgaria receive comprehensive and tailored support every step of the way.

Bulgaria Golden visa

Obtaining permanent residency in Bulgaria, often referred to as the Golden Visa, can be achieved through various investment options. One of the most accessible and direct methods is through investment in Bulgarian Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs). Here’s a comprehensive list of investment options that pave the way to permanent residency:

  1. Investing in shares or bonds of Bulgarian AIFs or Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) worth at least 1,000,000 BGN.
  2. Purchasing shares or bonds of Bulgarian companies listed on a regulated market or multilateral trading facility within Bulgaria, with a minimum market value of 2,000,000 BGN.
  3. Investing in concession agreement rights on Bulgarian territory, with a contract value of at least 1,000,000 BGN.
  4. Making capital investments in a Bulgarian company (not listed on a regulated market), with a minimum amount of 6,000,000 BGN.
  5. Capital investment in a Bulgarian company amounting to at least 2,000,000 BGN, allocated to a priority investment project undertaken by the company and certified by the Bulgarian Investment Agency.
  6. Capital investment in a Bulgarian company of a minimum of 500,000 BGN, as a partner or shareholder with a named stake of no less than 50% of the company’s capital. The investment should result in the acquisition of new long-term tangible and intangible assets valued at a minimum of 500,000 BGN and the creation of at least 10 job positions for Bulgarian citizens.

These diverse investment pathways offer opportunities for non-EU citizens to gain a foothold in Bulgaria and Schengen, not only contributing to the local economy but also securing their Schengen residency in the process.

General permanent residency categories

  1. Bulgarian Origin: Individuals with Bulgarian ancestry can apply for permanent residency based on their heritage. Permanent residency by Bulgarian origin does not require passing a Bulgarian language test. You may also consider Bulgarian citizenship by origin.
  2. Civil Marriage: Foreign nationals who have been legally and continuously residing in Bulgaria for 5 years following a civil marriage with another foreign national who has permanent residency in the country.
  3. Children of Bulgarian Citizens or Permanent Residents: This applies to minor and underage children who are not married, of a Bulgarian citizen or a foreign national permanently residing in Bulgaria.
  4. Continuous Residence: Individuals who have legally and continuously resided in Bulgaria for the past 5 years, with an absence of no more than 30 months during this period.
  5. Former Bulgarian Citizens: This is for individuals who are not of Bulgarian origin but were born in Bulgaria, lost their Bulgarian citizenship through emigration agreements or voluntarily, and now wish to settle permanently in the country.
  6. Family of Bulgarian Citizens: For those who entered, resided, or were born in Bulgaria before December 27, 1998, and have a parent who has entered into a civil marriage with a Bulgarian citizen.
  7. Investment Promotion Act Activities: Individuals who engage in activities and are certified under the Investment Promotion Act, as validated by the Ministry of Innovation and Growth in accordance with Art. 25b.

In addition to guiding clients through the process of obtaining permanent residency in Bulgaria, the team at Advocate Markov offers comprehensive services covering various aspects of immigration. This includes expert advice on D visa applications and securing temporary residency. A particular area of specialization for Advocate Markov’s team is the family reunification route, where they assist clients in bringing family members to Bulgaria under this specific immigration pathway.



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