Work Permits

Understand the legal requirements for working in Bulgaria and find out how to apply for a work permit (<em>Разрешение за работа</em>)...

The employment of foreign citizens is regulated by the Employment Promotion Act.

EU/EEA and Swiss citizens

Work permits are not required for EU/EAA or Swiss citizens and members of their families. If they wish to look for work in Bulgaria they are entitled to register at the local Employment Office (Бюро по труда).

In order to register as a jobseeker at the local Employment Office the following documents are required:

  • An identity card or passport
  • A document certifying the address registration in Bulgaria
  • Residence permits, for continuous (long-term) or permanent residence in Bulgaria

Non EEA citizens that are family members of EU/EAA or Swiss citizens must also provide a translated document proving this (marriage or birth certificate for example).

  • For further information from the National Employment Agency on registering as a job seeker: Click here

A residence permit must be applied for within 90 days of arrival in Bulgaria.

Non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizens

Non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizens have the right to work in Bulgaria only after a National Employment Agency work permit is issued. The permit must be requested by the employer. Applications are submitted to the local branch of the Employment Agency of the foreigner's work place.

Work permits are issued to foreigner's who possess specific skills or specialised knowledge that can not be found on the national labour market, to those wishing to be self-employed or if they have been commissioned by a foreign employer to provide services in Bulgaria.

The work permit is issued for a fixed period of time, usually one year, for a specific job and employer. The permit may be renewed for a further three years for executive personnel and managerial positions. Once the work permit is issued this provides a basis for the Bulgarian Consular representations abroad to issue a visa, valid for the same length of time.

A residence permit must be applied for within 90 days of arrival in Bulgaria.

Work permits are not required for foreigners with permanent residence status in Bulgaria or those who have been granted asylum or other humanitarian status.

  • For further information on work permits for foreigners from the National Employment Agency: Click here