Changing of Citizenship Procedure

The acquisition, restoration and release from Bulgarian citizenship shall be carried out upon an application by the interested person, personally filed with the Ministry of Justice or with diplomatic or consular mission of the Republic of Bulgaria abroad.

The application shall be filed based on an advance booking of a date and time via the website of the Ministry of Justice.

Upon submission of the application, an interview is held with the applicant if all necessary documents as per the present list have been provided.

The interview is conducted in Bulgarian by officials, designated by the Minister of Justice, following an approved questionnaire.

An expert check for the compliance of documents with the requirements of law is carried out in 14-days from the submission of the application and conduct of the interview. If non-compliance is found, the applicant shall be noted, via message publication in the Directorate’s automated information system, to remedy the irregularities in term of two months.

The documents provided by the interested parties, depending on the foreign state they originate from, need to meet the requirements of the respective provisions of the bilateral international treaties or the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents to which the Republic of Bulgaria is a party or the Regulations on Legalisation, Certification and Translation of Documents and Other Papers, and to be accompanied by translations in Bulgarian which are to be made and certified following the procedure laid down in the Regulations.

Visiting hours: to apply for the acquisition, release or restoration of Bulgarian citizenship and for the conduct of interview – every working day from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 13.30 to 17.30.

The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate does not provide the service of consultations in verbal form or information by telephone, as the Bulgarian citizenship procedure contains personal data that may not be provided under the Personal Data Protection Act. Requests for specific procedures can be sent to an e-mail address:  bgcitizen2@justice.government.bg.

According to Art. 14a, para. 3, item 2 of Ordinance No. 1 of 19.02.1999 for the Implementation of Chapter Five of Bulgarian Citizenship Act, the Directorate’s automated information system provides online receipt of information on the status of the files at: http://publicbg.mjs.bg/BgInfo.

Ministry of Justice – Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate – city of Sofia, 5 Aksakov street, e-mail: bgcitizen2@justice.government.bg

List of documents:
ACQUISITION OF BULGARIAN CITIZENSHIP BY GENERAL NATURALIZATIONACQUISITION OF BULGARIAN CITIZENSHIP PURSUANT TO RESIDENCE PERMIT IN THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA RELATED TO INVESTMENTSACQUISITION OF BULGARIAN CITIZENSHIPACQUISITION OF BULGARIAN CITIZENSHIP PURSUANT TO RESIDENCE PERMIT IN THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA AND INCREASING THE INVESTMENTS MADEACQUISITION OF BULGARIAN CITIZENSHIP: BY PERSONS OF BULGARIAN ORIGIN | BY PERSONS ADOPTED BY A BULGARIAN CITIZEN UNDER THE CONDITIONS OF FULL ADOPTION AND | BY PERSONS WHOSE ONE OF HIS PARENTS IS BULGARIAN CITIZEN OR WHO HAS DECEASED AS A BULGARIAN CITIZENACQUISITION OF BULGARIAN CITIZENSHIP BY PERSONS UP TO THE AGE OF 18 AND ONE OF WHOSE PARENTS IS A BULGARIAN CITIZENACQUISITION OF BULGARIAN CITIZENSHIP OF PURSUANT TO ART. 16RELEASE FROM BULGARIAN CITIZENSHIPRESTORATION OF BULGARIAN CITIZENSHIPTHE ESTABLISHMENT OF BULGARIAN CITIZENSHIP EXISTENCE