Bulgaria Citizenship by Investment

  • Standard Citizenship
    in 6 years
    Investment from €512,000 (BGN 1,000,000)
  • Fast-track Citizenship in 2 years
    Investment from €1,024,000 (BGN 2,000,000)
  • Time to Permanent Residency – 6 months
  • Visa-free travel to over
    169 countries

This is one of the most appealing programs, with the lowest entry investment for fast-track citizenship acquisition among the EU countries and no government donation required.

Program Benefits

The Bulgarian Citizenship by Investment Program offers straightforward routes to acquiring European Citizenship for the entire family with freedoms to live, work and study in any of the 28 EU member states. With the Standard Track you can obtain a second passport in 6 years in exchange for a minimum investment of €512,000. The uniqueness of the program is a fast-track procedure allowing you to receive an EU passport on an expedited basis in just 2 years. You can do this by increasing the investment amount to a total of €1,024,000 at any point after holding a valid residence permit for at least one year. Either option you choose, standard or fast-track, an instant residence permit is obtained in just 4-6 months after completing the investments. Expand your mobility by obtaining the freedom to reside anywhere in Europe along with visa-free access to over 169 countries worldwide.

  • EU Citizenship

    Bulgarian Passport in 2-6 years with permanent residency acquired in first 6 months
  • Member of the EU

    Enjoy EU freedoms to live, work, study or travel anywhere in the EU
  • Visa-free travel worldwide

    Visa-free access to 169 countries including EU & UK, Canada and Australia
  • The entire family are eligible

    Spouses, children of any age
  • No residence requirements

    No physical residency is required, although a residential address must be maintained
  • Attractive tax regime

    One of the lowest tax rates in the EU
  • Dual citizenship

    Bulgaria allows for dual citizenship
  • Easy & straightforward process

    No language tests
  • No donation required

    Investment only program, with lowest amount required among the EU countries
  • High-quality yet affordable lifestyle

    Low cost of living for high standard of goods and services
  • Access to property market

    Obtain right to buy and invest in property throughout the EU
  • Education matters

    Provide your children with access to top-rated universities with lower EU tuition fees
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Visa-free travel to 169 countries worldwide

Global visa-free travel without visa applications and restrictions. Travel the world with a Bulgarian passport — get visa-free access to over 169 countries worldwide, including in the EU & UK, Australia and Canada. Go on a last-minute business trip or take your family on a spontaneous holiday in Europe.

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Investment Options

From €512,000 — €1,024,000

To qualify for the Bulgaria Citizenship by Investment Program investors are required to make direct investments of least €512,000 in one or more of the following investment choices: shares of Bulgarian companies, Bulgarian State Bonds, fiduciary investment or intellectual properties. The investment always remains yours and can be released immediately after grant of citizenship. Additionally, the applicant has the option to diversify their investment portfolio if pursuing their own investment goals and limits. The program allows for an expedited citizenship application via the fast-track option. This means that after holding a residence permit for at least 1 year, candidates who have made an initial investment of €512,000 can double their investment to the total amount of €1,024,000. After this, candidates immediately become eligible to apply for Bulgarian citizenship. Both investments must be maintained throughout the process and for an additional 2 years after grant of citizenship.

  • OPTION 1

    Government bonds

    • Government bonds are usually seen as a low-risk safe investment.
    • Coupon rates can reach 3.125%.
    • Investment period — 4(5) years, dependent on whether you obtain citizenship using standard or fast track procedure.
  • OPTION 2

    Shares of companies

    • Shares of Bulgarian companies traded on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange - Sofia.
    • The financial regulations in Bulgaria provide for maximum security for the investors and 100% transparency.
    • Investment period — 4(5) years, dependent on whether you obtain citizenship using standard or fast track procedure.
  • OPTION 3

    Intellectual property

    • Patents, rights of concessions objects of copyright and neighbouring rights, patent-protected inventions, utility models, trademarks, service marks and industrial design.
    • Investment period — 4(5) years, dependent on whether you obtain citizenship using standard or fast track procedure.
  • OPTION 4

    Fiduciary investment

    • Investment with a Bulgarian Bank in the form of a trust account. Providing the funds to a financial institution in Bulgaria under a fiduciary agreement.
    • Investments to be kept for 5 years.

Bulgaria Citizenship Acquisition Process

Astons' focus is to provide a hassle-free and seamless service, assisting you every step of the way with your citizenship application. We will guide you through the Bulgarian Citizenship acquisition process with due diligence and care, ensuring that your application is submitted correctly and following up the application approval.

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2–3 months
Preparation time
1
Talk to Astons immigration advisers

Astons immigration advisers will evaluate your personal circumstances and help you to select the most suitable investment option.

In order to apply you must:
- be at least 18 years of age
- be a non-European Union citizen
- demonstrate a clean criminal record in the country of residence and the country of birth
Citizenship can be granted to the entire family, including spouses and children of any age, however, they will not be granted citizenship at the same time as the applicant. Spouses and children of the applicant are eligible to acquire permanent residence whilst waiting for citizenship.

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2
Complete the investment and apply for an Investor’s D-type Visa

The investor is required to make the investment upon which a confirmation certificate will be issued and apply for an investor’s D-type visa in the nearest Bulgarian embassy or general consulate. The Bulgarian Investor visa is usually granted within 35 business days.

2–3 months
Processing time
3
Submit permanent residency application

The complete application, along with all supporting documentation, will be submitted to the Bulgarian Authorities. You will be required to visit Bulgaria in person to apply for permanent residence with the local Migration Office. This can be completed in a short trip of one day.

4
Receive a residence permit

Once the residence application is approved, the applicant will be photographed. The permanent residence card is issued after 3 business days if the client chooses the fast-track service. Then, the family reunification process can be started. Family members will be able to obtain permanent residence in 3-4 months.

18–24 months
Compliance time
5
Apply for naturalisation

You will be eligible to apply for Bulgarian citizenship after 5 years of holding a permanent residence permit (via the standard citizenship route) or after 1 year of holding a permanent residence permit and doubling the investment (via the fast-track citizenship route). Astons will collect and check with due diligence all the required documents for further submission to the Bulgarian Authorities.

6
Receive a citizenship approval

Once approval of the application has been acquired by the Bulgarian Minister of Justice and President of the Republic of Bulgaria, the naturalisation certificate will be issued. The review process takes anywhere between 6 to 12 months.

7
Receive European passport

Become a European citizen and enjoy all the benefits that come with your new second passport.

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