Citizenship of Bulgaria comes with a wide range of benefits, including:
|After amendments passed in February 2021, applicants to the Bulgarian Immigrant Investor Programme can choose between several investment options.
The investments shown below allow an applicant to receive citizenship after five years of nominal residence in Bulgaria.
Note: for options 1 to 3 and option 4a, higher investment thresholds or additional investments are required if the applicant wants to fast-track his or her way to citizenship (with only three years of nominal residence). Under option 4b, applicants wishing to fast-track must double their investment and hire at least 20 Bulgarian nationals.
|Option 01||STOCKS TRADED IN BULGARIA
Stocks traded in Bulgaria
|UCITs (EU-regulated fund vehicles), including exchange-traded funds with a focus on Bulgaria||€512,000
|OPTION 03||ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUNDS
|Alternative investment funds (including private equity, venture, and hedge funds), a part of whose focus is on Bulgaria||€512,000
|OPTION 04||PARTICIPATION IN A BULGARIAN COMPANY
|a. Participation in a Bulgarian company carrying on a Certified Priority Investment Project (CPIP)||€1,024,000|
|b. Participation in a Bulgarian company employing 10 or more Bulgarian nationals||€257,000|
|c. Participation in a Bulgarian private company, invested in any sector or geography||€3,075,000|
|OPTION 05||INVESTMENT IN A CIP
|Investment in a Certified Investment Project (CIP)||Project-dependent|
The application process in Bulgaria can be broken down into 8 steps:
Who is eligible to apply?
The Bulgarian Immigrant Investor Programme is only open to non-EU nationals. Main applicants must be over the age of 18, possess sufficient funds to make an investment, and have a clean criminal record.
Which family members can I include in my application?
Unlike other citizenship by investment programmes, a main applicant cannot include family members in an application under the Programme. Eligible family members can only apply for citizenship after the main applicant has obtained citizenship.
However, under the fast-track option, the main applicant’s spouse is eligible to apply for citizenship one year after the main applicant, while children of the main applicant or of the spouse can apply for citizenship as soon as the main applicant obtains citizenship.
Are citizens from certain countries barred from applying?
Bulgaria does not implement bans based on an applicant’s country of citizenship.
Is this programme for me?
The following persons may be a good fit for the programme: