Residency and Citizenship in Bulgaria

Information on residency in Bulgaria for European and non-European citizens: how to ensure you have the right documents in place to legally reside (and work) in Bulgaria...

Bulgaria is a member of the European Union. All foreign citizens (EU and non-EU) staying in Bulgaria for longer than 90 days must apply for a residency permit at the National Migration Directorate (Дирекция Миграция) in Sofia or at the immigration department at their local Police Station. The National Migration Directorate and its local immigration departments in the local Police offices is the authority in charge of issuing, cancelling or extending resident permits in Bulgaria.

  • Sofia Police Directorate, Bulgarian Documents Department (СДП - Български документи за самоличност)
    At: 48 Knyaginya Maria Luiza Boulevard, Sofia 1202 (Адрес: 1202 гр. София, бул. Княгиня Мария Луиза, № 48)
    Tel: 02 982 3316
Change of Address

Any change of address needs to be reported within five days to the local Police Office.

Bulgarian Citizenship
  • For information from the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice on acquiring or Bulgarian citizenship: Click here (in Bulgarian)
  • For the necessary documents: Click here (in Bulgarian)
  • For information from the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on acquiring Bulgarian citizenship: Click here (in Bulgarian)