The ideal gateway into the European economy and way of life, Bulgaria is diverse, culturally rich, and perfectly placed for working and travelling in and around the continent.
As one of the youngest EU member states, Bulgaria boasts a rich and diverse culture, temperate climate, and ideal location in Southeast Europe. The Investor Program for Residence and Citizenship in Bulgaria helps get you there faster with the following benefits:
Offered in accordance with the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act, the Investor Program for Residence and Citizenship includes a fast-track citizenship option. It is also one of the fastest programs to lead to residence.
To qualify for residency or citizenship, applicants must fulfill one of the investment options below in addition to meeting the following criteria:
Applicants choosing this option must deposit BGN 1 million (€511,292) in a Governmental Bond Portfolio for an investment period of five years with no further payment required. At the end of the five-year period, the full amount will be returned to the investor without any accrued interest. The investment is fully guaranteed by the government bonds.
Clients can leverage their capital by choosing to finance the required investment amount through a European bank. Please contact us for the cost of financing and further details.
The fast-track option allows investors to apply for citizenship faster by doubling their investment. The requirements for this option are as follows:
Financing options are available to qualified applicants. Applications for the fast-track program are examined under express procedure.
In accordance with the Bulgarian Citizenship Act, foreign investors who hold a permanent resident permit for at least five years are eligible to apply for Bulgarian citizenship. The requirements for those who opt for the regular program are as follows:
Investors will need to file a citizenship application and pass medical tests in their current country of residence.
Yes, you can but you will be classed as a foreign student and will need to pay additional student fees. However, the European Commission has launched many exchange programs between the EU Universities to enable students to have easier access to study abroad.
There are two statutory trips for each applicant at different stages of the process.
Under the express procedure, the cards are ready on the third business day following the day of application.
Updated yearly, the Arton Index is an overall assessment and comparative benchmark of the country and its investment program.
Population Growth: -0.60%
GDP (per capita)
GDP (purchasing power parity)
143.1 billion USD (2013)
Visa free countries
Southeastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Romania and Turkey
110,879 sq. km.
0-14: 14.54%, 15-24: 9.73%, 25-54: 43.33%, 55-64: 13.38%, 65+: 19.03%
Bulgarian (official): 76.8%, Turkish: 8.2%, Roma: 3.8%, Other: 0.7%, Unspecified: 10.5%
Eastern Orthodox: 59.4%, Muslim: 7.8%, Other (includes Catholic, Protestant, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox and Jewish): 1.7%, None: 3.7%, Unspecified: 27.4%
Bulgarian lev (BGN), tied to the euro
1 EUR = 1.95583 BGN