All foreign citizens (both EU and non-EU) who are planning on staying in Bulgaria for longer than 90 days must apply for a “Long Term Residence Permit” (ID Card) at the National Migration Directorate in Sofia or at the Immigration Department at their local Police Station. The National Migration Directorate is in charge of issuing, cancelling or extending residence permits in Bulgaria and can be found in local police stations.
The Long Term Residence Permit is issued for one year to non-EU citizens and for five years to EU citizens. After a student has applied, a temporary residence certificate is issued and the long term residence card is issued within three weeks. If any documents are missing, an applicant has seven days to collect and submit them.
EU citizens (including those from non-EU countries that have signed a treaty on visa-free entry) can enter the country using their passport or ID and must apply to the National Migration Directorate for Long Term Residence Permit within 90 days of their arrival in Bulgaria.
On the other hand, non-EU citizens whose countries do not enjoy such bilateral agreements with the Bulgarian state must apply for a “Student type D Visa” prior to entering Bulgaria (valid between 3 to 6 months) at Bulgarian embassies or consular offices in their home country, and must submit an application to the National Migration Directorate for the Long Term Residence Permit upon arriving to Bulgaria before their Visa expires.
After the Bulgarian Long-term Residence Permit has been issued, foreigners failing to present these identification documents to authorities are fined. Lastly, any change of address needs to be reported within five days to the local Police Station.
The procedure for issuing a Residence Permit is described below:
- The following documents must be collected by students before they apply for their residence permit:
- An application form. The form is in Bulgarian and must be completed in Bulgarian. The following information is required on the form:
- Applicant’s parents’ or legal guardians’ full names
- Applicant’s children’s full names
- Applicant’s full name
- Applicant’s nationality (and any other nationality also held)
- Applicant’s Date and place of birth
- Applicant’s national identification document (passport or ID) number, Date of issue, Date of expiry (if applicable)
- Applicant’s reason for requesting residence permit in Bulgaria (for example, home owner, employment, long-term visa, student type D Visa)
- If the applicant lives on campus: Housing certificate* from the residence hall director.
- If the applicant lives off campus – a notarized copy of the contract from his or her landlord.
- 1,500 BGN, If the applicant lives on campus
- 3,480 BGN for one year duration permit or 1,740 BGN for 6 month duration permit, if the applicant lives off campus (private accommodation).
- EU students: for ID card processing in 30 days, 18 BGN. For 10 days processing, 36 BGN.
- Non-EU students: for ID card processing in 30 days, 48 BGN. For 10 days processing, 95 BGN. For 3 days processing, 225 BGN. Additionally, the Stay Extension Fee is 510 BGN for one year or 210 BGN for 6 months.
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