Child Benefit

Understand who is eligible for child benefits in Bulgaria...

According to Bulgarian law, child benefit is available for:

  • Pregnant women who are Bulgarian citizens and families of Bulgarian citizens that raise their child in Bulgaria
  • Families in which one of the parents is a Bulgarian citizen for their children with Bulgarian citizenship, living in Bulgaria
  • Pregnant women who are foreign citizens and families of foreign citizens who have permanent residence and raise their children in Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, social assistance is provided by the state. Eligibility for monthly child benefit depends on family income. The benefit is paid until the child finishes secondary education (maximum age 20).

To claim for child benefits the following documents need to be taken to the regional Social Assistance Directorate (регионална дирекция Социално подпомагане)

  • An application form
  • Proof of gross monthly income (удостоверение за брутни месечни доходи) of the family for the last 12 months
  • The child’s birth certificate (only for reference)
  • The applicant’s identity card (only for reference)

Parents receive written notification to inform them if they are entitled to child benefit within seven days after filing the application. Applications for child benefit have to be submitted each year.