NEW LAW ON FOREIGNERS IN THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA
A new Law regulating the terms and conditions under which foreigners can enter, stay or leave the Republic of Bulgaria, was published in the Official Gazette No 153 of 1998. The Law rescinded the old one on foreigners' stay in the Republic of Bulgaria that was effective till then.
GENERAL PROVISIONS OF THE LAW ON FOREIGNERS
A foreigner as per this Law is any person who is not a Bulgarian citizen. The foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria have all the rights and obligations according to the Bulgarian laws and the ratified international agreements of which the Republic of Bulgaria is a party, except those requiring a Bulgarian citizenship.
For any foreigners enjoying diplomatic or consular immunity and privileges, the generally accepted norms of international, diplomatic and consular laws, as well as the ratified international agreements of which the Republic of Bulgaria is a party, shall be applied.
The foreigners working in Bulgaria on the grounds of a permit issued by the respective authorities, have the rights and obligations of the Bulgarian citizens, unless provided otherwise by the international agreements of which Bulgaria is a party.
ENTRY OF FOREIGNERS TO THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA
A foreigner may enter the Republic of Bulgaria if he has the valid papers for travelling abroad or any other substitute documents, as well as a visa for entry, stay or transit passing through the country when such a visa is required. Visas are not required when there is a bilateral agreement between Bulgaria and native country of the foreigner or an Act of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria for a non-visa regime.
A short-term visa shall be issued to any foreigner upon a single entry for a period of 90 days.
A long-term visa shall be issued to a foreigner who can enter the country without any limits and the period of stay upon each entry shall be 90 days. The validity of this visa shall not exceed 12 months.
An airport transfer visa shall be issued to a foreigner who travels by air and changes his flight in the Republic of Bulgaria; he should leave the country taking the first flight.
A transit visa shall be issued to a foreigner who will enter
the Republic of Bulgaria via a specific border check - point of a
country, and he should leave the country within 24 hours through
the border check - point of another country.
Upon entry to the Republic of Bulgaria, a foreigner shall declare the purpose and address of his stay.
Any foreigner who enters the Republic of Bulgaria or travels transit through the country, should possess the following:
Any foreigner who enters, stays or travels transit with a vehicle through the country by land, by air or by sea, should possess the following:
STAY OF FOREIGNERS IN BULGARIA
Foreigners can stay in the Republic of Bulgaria either for a short term or for a long term.
The long - term stay can be either continuous (with a permission for a definite period of up to one year), or permanent with a permission for an indefinite period of time.
The short-term stay is up to 90 days as of the date of entering the country. The term can be prolonged by the by the authorities for administrative control of foreigners for reasons of humanitarian character. Any foreigner who is staying in the country for a short period of time whose document for travelling abroad has been replaced by a new one, can leave the country only after notifying the authorities for administrative control of the foreigners, unless otherwise provided by an international agreement of which the Republic of Bulgaria is a party.
The foreigners staying for a short-term period on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria can have an employment contract only after receiving a permit by the authorities of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. These foreigners can work only for the employer and for the term specified by the permit for work.
A long-term permit can be received by the foreigners who:
A foreigner who has a permit for a long-term stay, can leave the country and then come back without any visa until expiring date of the permit.
The Foreigners with permits for a long-term stay on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria can carry out activities under an employment contract only after they have received a permission by the authorities of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. These foreigners can work only for the employer and the term specified by the working permit.
A permit for permanent residence can be obtained by any foreigners, when:
A foreigner who has a permit for permanent residence can enter and leave the country without any visa. These foreigners can be employed to work in Bulgaria as per the rules for Bulgarian citizens.
The foreigners who have entered the country for one reason, shall not be allowed to prolong their stay on the grounds of another reason, except emergency cases that cannot be delayed or if there is a marriage with a Bulgarian citizen.