Bulgaria Citizenship

Bulgaria

Your straightforward route to acquiring EU Citizenship for the entire family with freedom to live, work and study in any of the 28 EU countries in just 2 years via the fast-track option.

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.

Bulgaria Citizenship by Investment Programme:

  • Population: 6.95 Million
  • Capita: Sofia
  • Language: Bulgarian
  • Religion: Roman Catholics, Muslims, Protestants, Jews
  • Currency: Bulgarian lev
  • GDP per capita: 9272$
  • Climate:  Summer, Winters

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

7. Receive European passport

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

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT BULGARIA

A few examples of our real estate options for residency and citizenship investment in Bulgaria.

Unique Estates has the pleasure of presenting to your attention one of the most beautiful estates on the Bulgarian seaside. This fabulous property with fantastic…

8611 sq ft 4 beds 4 baths
8611 sq ft 4 beds 4 baths

Unique Estates has the pleasure of presenting to your attention this stunning penthouse on two levels, located in a prestigious area, close to Sofia’s Downtown….

3840 sq ft 6 beds 5 baths
3840 sq ft 6 beds 5 baths

This is a unique masterpiece of modern architecture combined with the surrounding natural environment, with perfect access and top location. The house has very special…

2400 sq ft 6 beds 8 baths
2400 sq ft 6 beds 8 baths

CITIZENSHIP AND RESIDENCY PROGRAMMES

A selection of alternative residency and citizenship investment programmes to consider.

Malta

600 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 183 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Montenegro

450 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 122 countries

Process Duration: 2 months

Cyprus

2 150 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 172 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Moldova

100 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 119 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Austria

250 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 185 countries

Process Duration: 24 months

Bulgaria

512 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 169 countries

Process Duration: 6-12 months

Turkey

250 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Middle East Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 110 countries

Process Duration: 2 months

Jordan

250 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Middle East Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 49 countries

Process Duration: 4 Months

Vanuatu

130 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 125 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Saint Lucia

100 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 128 countries

Process Duration: 3 months

Saint Kitts & Nevis

200 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Caribbean Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 130 countries

Process Duration: 3-4 months

Grenada

150 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Caribbean Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 127 countries

Process Duration: 3-4 months

Dominica

100 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Caribbean Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 120 countries

Process Duration: 4 months

Antigua & Barbuda

200 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Caribbean Citizenship

Visa Free travel to 130 countries

Process Duration: 3-4 months

Residence by investment Programs

Explore the most popular residency by investment programs worlwide

Greece

250 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 172 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Spain

500 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 129 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Portugal

500 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 172 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Australia

500 000EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 183 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Austria

250 000EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 185 countries

Process Duration: 4 months

Cyprus

2 150 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 172 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Canada

1 200 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 180 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Italy

2 000 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 150 countries

Process Duration: 6-8 months

Switzerland

250 000EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 155 countries

Process Duration: 4 months

HongKong

200 000EUR Investment

Real Estate

Asia Residency

Visa Free travel to 79 countries

Process Duration: 3 months

Jersey

1 000 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 129 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Latvia

250 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 129 countries

Process Duration: 3 months

Malaysia

135 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Asia Residency

Visa Free travel to 172 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Malta

250 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 98 countries

Process Duration: 3-4 months

Monaco

1 000 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 173 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

New Zealand

5 500 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 173 countries

Process Duration: 6-8 months

Singapore

250 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Asia Residency

Visa Free travel to 65 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

Thailand

60 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

Asia Residency

Visa Free travel to 120 countries

Process Duration: 3 months

United Kingdom

2 000 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 175 countries

Process Duration: 3 months

USA

 

900 000 EUR Investment

Real Estate

EU Residency

Visa Free travel to 180 countries

Process Duration: 6 months

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