Bulgarian Residency for UK citizens

The last date a British citizen could apply for a 5-year Bulgarian residency card was 31.12.2021. After the Brexit transitional period UK citizens can no longer enjoy the relaxed immigration rules available to EU citizens (unless married for an EU citizen).

There are several main differences between residency for EU citizens and Bulgarian residency for UK citizens.

UK citizens EU citizens
D visa required Yes No
Validity of first residency card 12 months 5 years
Timeline to permanent residency 5 years (applicant has to spend 30 months in any 5 years period) 5 years (no physical stay requirements)
Timeline to Bulgarian citizenship 5 years from permanent residency status 5 years from permanent residency status
Family reunification Straight forward, three staged process (application to local Migration Office, D visa application in the embassy, and final residency application with the Migration Office) Relaxed route (the process is completed in a week)
Validity of residency for family members 12 months 5 years

Our dedicated and recommended by Legal500 team of immigration lawyers will assist through the process of obtaining a Bulgarian long-term residency.

Family reunification for British citizens in Bulgaria

Family reunification rules for British citizens differ based on when they first obtained Bulgarian residency. If a British citizen is marreid to an EU citizen, the British spouse will enjoy the rules for EU citizens.

Pre-Brexit After Brexit Married to an EU citizen
D visa required No Yes No
Validity of first residency card 5 years 12 months 5 years
Timeline to permanent residency 5 years (no physical stay requirements) 5 years (applicant has to spend 30 months in any 5 years period) 5 years (no physical stay requirements)
Timeline to Bulgarian citizenship 5 years from permanent residency status 5 years from permanent residency status 5 years from permanent residency status
Timeline to Family reunification Few days only Straight forward, three staged process, around 3 months Few days only
Validity of residency for family members 5 years 12 months 5 years

For further details about moving to Bulgaria from the UK, please get in touch with our team.

Bulgarian residency for UK citizens

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