Grounds for Bulgarian Type D Visa Applications

The Bulgarian Law for Foreigners lists 15 different grounds available to be used as the basis for a Bulgarian type D visa application:

  • Employee Status. Foreigners who possess a work permit issued by the Bulgarian Ministry of Labor. Refer to Article 24 (1) 1 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
  • Company or Business Activity. Foreigners who are engaged in commercial activity in the country who, as part of these activities, have employed Bulgarian citizens. Refer to Article 24 (1) 2 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
  • Student. Foreigners who are accepted for full time enrollment in a registered Bulgarian Educational Institution. Refer to Article 24 (1) 5 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
  • Foreign Specialist. Foreigners who are specialists residing in Bulgaria under the auspices of international agreements to which Bulgaria is a party. Refer to Article 24 (1) 4 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
  • Spouse. Foreigners who are married to a Bulgarian citizen or who have married a foreigner permanently residing in Bulgaria. Also spouses of foreigners who have been granted leave to remain in the country. Refer to Article 24 (1) 5 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
  • Company Representative. Foreigners representing a foreign commercial entity registered with the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Refer to Article 24 (1) 6 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
  • Parent. Financially independent parents of foreigners residing permanently in the Republic of Bulgaria. Refer to Article 24 (1) 7 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
  • Medical Treatment. Foreigners who have been accepted at a medical clinic for treatment, who can prove they have sufficient financial means for their expenses. Refer to Article 24 (1) 8 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
  • Media Representative. Journalists and other media personnel who have been properly accredited for Bulgaria. Refer to Article 24 (1) 9 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
  • Retiree. Foreigners who receive a pension and can prove they have sufficient means to cover their cost of living in Bulgaria. Refer to Article 24 (1) 10 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
  • Foreign Investor. Foreigners who perform activities under the Foreign Investment Act. Refer to Article 24 (1) 19-20 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
  • Family Member. Foreigners who are dependents of a foreigner who holds a type D visa. Refer to Article 24 (1) 13 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
  • Parent / Partner. Foreigners who are parents or partners (household assistants) of foreigners who hold a type D visa under Article 28 (5). Refer to Article 24 (1) 14 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
  • Freelance Professional. Foreigners doing freelance work subject to clearance by the Bulgarian Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Refer to Article 24 (1) 15 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.
  • Foundation Worker. Foreigners who wish to perform not-for-profit activities in the country, subject to approval by the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice. Refer to Article 24 (1) 16 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act.

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