Family Reunification in Bulgaria

How to bring family members to Bulgaria

For the past 20 years, family reunification has been one of the main reasons for immigration into the EU. It is an entry channel enabling those who already reside legally in a Member State (referred to as sponsors) to be joined by their family members. Family reunification helps to create socio-cultural stability, facilitating the integration of third-country nationals residing in EU Member States, thus promoting economic and social cohesion – a fundamental EU objective.

Family members of UK citizens

Family members of UK citizens can apply for family reunification by 31.12.2021 if the main applicant got Bulgarian residence by the end of the Brexit transition period of 31.12.2020.

To ease the family reunification procedures in the UK (after completing the family reunification in Bulgaria), UK citizens may consider building substance in Bulgaria by one of the below ways:

  • Setting up a limited company in Bulgaria
  • Getting registered as a freelancer in Bulgaria
  • Exchanging an EU/ UK driving license for a Bulgarian one
  • Registering with a local General Practicioner

Family Members of EU Citizens

EU and UK citizens who would like to bring family members to Bulgaria benefit from the relaxed EU family reunification procedure:

  • Family members of EU and UK citizens are not required to apply for a Family D visa in order to obtain Bulgarian residence. Your family members can enter Bulgaria on a short-stay Bulgarian C visa or any Schengen visa, and apply for Bulgarian residence straight away.
  • Bulgaria recognizes the cohabiting status of partnership. You are not required to be married to apply for family reunification in Bulgaria. 
  • No need to present a valid CBR check for your family members.

Who can apply for family reunification in Bulgaria?

EU and UK citizens who hold a valid Bulgarian residence can apply for family reunification for their non-EU family members.

Who is a family member?

  • Spouses;
  • Children who are not over 21 years’ old;
  • Parents;
  • Parents-in-law.

Extended family members cannot apply for family reunfiication in Bulgaria.

What documents need to be provided?

  • marriage certificate (for reunifying spouse)
  • birth certificate of children (for reunifying children)
  • birth certificate of the main applicant (for reunifying parents)
  • birth certificate of the spouse (for reunifying parents-in-law)  

The documents should be legalized according to the requirements in the country of issuance of the certificate. For assistance to legalize the certificates, please do no hesitate to contact us

How long does the family reunification take in Bulgaria

The family reunificaiton in Bulgaria takes 3-5 working days. The family member applies with the local Migration Office based on the address of the main applicant. The applicaiton is considered within few days and the family member can visit the Migration Office again to be photographed. The residence card will be issued on the next day.

Family Members of non-EU Citizens who reside in Bulgaria

Non-EU citizens who would like to bring a non-EU family member to Bulgaria have to apply under the general reunification procedure. This procedure requires the main applicant who resides in Bulgaria to submit a reunification application to the local Migration Office. The Migration Office approves the reunification application within 1 month. Thereafter, the spouse can apply for a Family D visa in the nearest Bulgarian embassy or consulate.

What documents need to be provided?

  • marriage certificate and CBR check (for reunifying spouse)
  • birth certificate of children (for reunifying children)
  • birth certificate of the main applicant (for reunifying parents)
  • birth certificate of the spouse (for reunifying parents-in-law)  

The documents should be legalized according to the requirements in the country of issuance of the certificate

For more details about family reunification in Bulgaria, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Family reunification in Bulgaria

Family Reunion in Bulgaria

top