List of Documents

Pursuant to Art. 12 of Bulgarian Citizenship Act (BCA)

 

  1. An application form as per Appendix No. 1 to Ordinance No. 1 of 19 February 1999 on the implementation of Chapter Five of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act.
    The application shall be written in Bulgarian.
  2. A copy of a birth certificate or a duplicate birth certificate issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority.
  3. Criminal record certificate from the state, whose national the applicant is. If the applicant resides permanently or on a long-term basis in the Republic of Bulgaria or a third country, the person submits a criminal record certificate from the local competent authorities as well. The criminal record needs to indicate that it is issued for the purposes of the Bulgarian citizenship proceedings.
  4. A document from the prosecutor’s office that no criminal proceedings for an intentional crime of a general nature have been instituted against the person.
  5. A certificate from an employer that the person works under a labour contract or a certificate from the respective tax office about the income declared for the previous year.
  6. A document of mastery of the Bulgarian language issued by the Ministry of Education and Science or a notarized copy of a diploma of a completed educational degree in the Republic of Bulgaria (primary, secondary, higher education).
  7. A medical document issued by a medical consultative committee (MCC) of the medical institution providing services to the person as per their place of residence certifying that the person is not suffering from contagious or infectious diseases under Article 61, para 1 of the Health Act, mental disabilities under Article 146, para 1, items 1 and 2 of the Health Act. If there is no MCC, the document is issued by the general MCC of the respective hospital.
  8. A declaration as per the form under Appendix No. 4 to Ordinance No. 1
  9. An official document certifying changes in names, if any, and an official document of identify of a person with different names.
    If the change of names is the result of marriage on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, there is no need to provide the document. The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check in the Population National Database maintained by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.
  10. Curriculum Vitae.
  11. An up-to-date photo passport size – 1.
  12. A copy of the document certifying the applicant’s identity.
  13. A payment order for the stamp duty of BGN 100, paid to the account of the Ministry of Justice, Bulgarian National Bank – Central Unit, IBAN – BG09 BNBG 9661 3000 1737 01, BIC: BNBG BGSD.
  14. A document from the respective foreign authorities that the applicant has been released from their citizenship until now. If no such document is available, it is to be presented within three years of receiving the notice that the Citizenship Council at the Ministry of Justice has approved that Bulgarian citizenship be granted to the applicant. Such a document need not be provided for:
    1. Persons who are spouses to Bulgarian citizens;
    2. Citizens of a European Union Member State, a European Economic Area Member State or the Confederation of Switzerland;
    3. Citizens of states with which the Republic of Bulgaria has concluded treaties to establish reciprocity.

When presenting the document for their release from their citizenship so far within three years of the date of approval of the acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship by the Citizenship Council, the persons also provide an updated document under item 5 of the present list.

The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check via automatic access to the inter-registry exchange environment (Regix) maintained by the E-Governance State Agency whether there is a permission for a permanent or long-term residence in the Republic of Bulgaria, respectively the date of issuance of the residence permit, as well as the payment of the mandatory social security contribution and the lack of obligations.

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.

An application for acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship is filed in person at the Ministry of Justice or the Bulgarian diplomatic or consular representations abroad.

The application is 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.

When the application is filed at a diplomatic or consular representation of the Republic of Bulgaria abroad, the interview with the applicant is conducted by an official from the respective representation upon the filing of the application.

If the applicant wants to have the copy of a birth certificate or duplicate of a birth certificate issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority as appended to the application returned after the completion of the proceedings to acquire Bulgarian citizenship, the applicant needs to append a copy of the document with a notarial certification upon filing the application.

Pursuant to Art. 12a of Bulgarian Citizenship Act (BCA)

 

  1. An application form as per Appendix No. 1 to Ordinance No. 1 of 19 February 1999 on the implementation of Chapter Five of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act.
    The application shall be written in Bulgarian language.
  2. A copy of a birth certificate or a duplicate birth certificate issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority.
  3. Depending on the type of the investment made, the persons under Article 12а of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act need to provide:
    • A certificate of investments made under Article 25, para 1, items 6 and 7 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act, issued by the Bulgarian Investment Agency according to Article 39, para 6 of the Regulation for Implementation of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act;
    • A certificate of the investments made under Article 25, para 1, item 8 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act, specified in Article 39а, para 1, item 2 of the Regulation for Implementation of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act;
    • A certificate of the activities and investments under Article 25, para 1, item 13 in relation to the circumstances under Article 25c, para 2, items 2 or 3, and Article 25, para 1, item 16 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act, issued by the Ministry of Economy;
  4. Criminal record certificate from the state, whose national the applicant is. If the applicant resides permanently or on a long-term basis in the Republic of Bulgaria or a third country, the person submits a criminal record from the local competent authorities as well. The criminal record certificate needs to indicate that it is issued for the purposes of the Bulgarian citizenship proceedings.
  5. A document from the prosecutor’s office that no criminal proceedings for an intentional crime of a general nature have been instituted against the person if the persons resides in the Republic of Bulgaria on a long-term basis.
  6. A certificate from an employer that the person works under a labour contract or a certificate from the respective tax office about the income declared for the previous year.
  7. A medical document issued by a medical consultative committee (MCC) of the medical institution providing services to the person as per their place of residence certifying that the person is not suffering from contagious or infectious diseases under Article 61, para 1 of the Health Act, mental disabilities under Article 146, para 1, items 1 and 2 of the Health Act. If there is no MCC, the document is issued by the general MCC of the respective hospital.
  8. A declaration as per the form under Appendix No. 4 to Ordinance No. 1.
  9. An official document certifying changes in names, if any, and an official document of identify of a person with different names.
    If the change of names is the result of marriage on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, there is no need to provide the document. The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check in the Population National Database maintained by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.
  10. Curriculum Vitae.
  11. An up-to-date photo passport size – 1.
  12. A copy of the document certifying the applicant’s identity.
  13. A payment order for the stamp duty of BGN 100, paid to the account of the Ministry of Justice, Bulgarian National Bank – Central Unit, IBAN – BG09 BNBG 9661 3000 1737 01, BIC: BNBG BGSD.

The members of the family of persons who have been granted permanent residence permit under Article 25, para 1, items 6, 7 or 8 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act provide a certificate of family members and the documents under items 1 – 13 on the list.

The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check via automatic access to the inter-registry exchange environment (Regix) maintained by the E-Governance State Agency whether there is a permission for a permanent or long-term residence in the Republic of Bulgaria, respectively the date of issuance of permit and the legal grounds, as well as the payment of the mandatory social security contribution and the lack of obligations.

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.

An application for acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship is filed in person at the Ministry of Justice or the Bulgarian diplomatic or consular representations abroad.

The application is 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 language by officials, designated by the Minister of Justice, following an approved questionnaire.

When the application is filed at a diplomatic or consular representation of the Republic of Bulgaria abroad, the interview with the applicant is conducted by an official from the respective representation upon the filing of the application.

If the applicant wants to have the copy of a birth certificate or the birth certificate duplicate, issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority, as appended to the application, returned after the completion of the proceedings to acquire Bulgarian citizenship, the applicant needs to append a copy of the document with a notarial certification upon filing the application.

Pursuant to Art. 13, Art. 13A and Art. 14 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act (BCA)

 

  1. An application form as per Appendix No. 1 to Ordinance No. 1 of 19 February 1999 on the implementation of Chapter Five of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act.
    The application shall be written in Bulgarian.
  2. A copy of a birth certificate or a duplicate birth certificate issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority. In the event of an objective inability to provide a document of birth, the persons under Article 13а of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act identify themselves with the identity document issued to them by the Bulgarian authorities.
    The persons under Article 13, item 1 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act present a certificate from the respective municipality as per their permanent address of marital status and a marriage concluded with a Bulgarian citizen not later than 3 years from the date of submission of the application when the marriage was concluded abroad. If the marriage was concluded on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, the presentation of this document is not required. The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check in the Population National Database maintained by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.
    The persons under Article 13а, para 1 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act present a certificate from the State Agency for Refugees for the status of refugee or asylum granted which indicates the date the status was granted; the status needs be continuous and not later than 3 years as of the date of submission of the application.
    The persons under Article 13а, para 2 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act present a certificate from the State Agency for Refugees for a humanitarian status granted which indicates the date the status was granted; the status needs be continuous and not later than 5 years as of the date of submission of the application.
  3. Criminal record certificate from the state, whose national the applicant is. If the applicant resides permanently or on a long-term basis in the Republic of Bulgaria or a third country, the person submits a criminal record certificate from the local competent authorities as well. The criminal record needs to indicate that it is issued for the purposes of the Bulgarian citizenship proceedings.
  4. A document from the prosecutor’s office that no criminal proceedings for an intentional crime of a general nature have been instituted against the person.
  5. A certificate from an employer that the person works under a labour contract or a certificate from the respective tax office about the income declared for the previous year.
  6. A document of mastery of the Bulgarian language issued by the Ministry of Education and Science or a notarized copy of a diploma of a completed educational degree in the Republic of Bulgaria (primary, secondary, higher education).
  7. A medical document issued by a medical consultative committee (MCC) of the medical institution providing services to the person as per their place of residence certifying that the person is not suffering from contagious or infectious diseases under Article 61, para 1 of the Health Act, mental disabilities under Article 146, para 1, items 1 and 2 of the Health Act. If there is no MCC, the document is issued by the general MCC of the respective hospital.
  8. A declaration as per the form under Appendix No. 4 to Ordinance No. 1
  9. An official document certifying changes in names, if any, and an official document of identify of a person with different names.
    If the change of names is the result of marriage on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, there is no need to provide the document. The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check in the Population National Database maintained by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.
  10. Curriculum Vitae.
  11. An up-to-date photo passport size – 1.
  12. A copy of the document certifying the applicant’s identity.
  13. A payment order for the stamp duty of BGN 100, paid to the account of the Ministry of Justice, Bulgarian National Bank – Central Unit, IBAN – BG09 BNBG 9661 3000 1737 01, BIC: BNBG BGSD.
  14. A document from the respective foreign authorities that the applicant has been released from their citizenship until now. If no such document is available, it is to be presented within three years of receiving the notice that the Citizenship Council at the Ministry of Justice has approved that Bulgarian citizenship be granted to the applicant. Such a document need not be provided for:
    1. Persons who are spouses to Bulgarian citizens;
    2. Citizens of a European Union Member State, a European Economic Area Member State or the Confederation of Switzerland;
    3. Citizens of states with which the Republic of Bulgaria has concluded treaties to establish reciprocity.
    4. Persons specified in article 13a of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act – that acquired a refugee status or humanitarian status.
    5. Persons specified in article 14 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act – without citizenship.

When presenting the document for their release from their citizenship so far, the persons under art. 13, item 3 and 4 also provide an updated document under item 5 of the present list.

The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check via automatic access to the inter-registry exchange environment (Regix) maintained by the E-Governance State Agency whether there is a permission for a permanent or long-term residence in the Republic of Bulgaria, respectively the date of issuance of the residence permit, as well as the payment of the mandatory social security contribution and the lack of obligations.

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.

An application for acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship is filed in person at the Ministry of Justice or the Bulgarian diplomatic or consular representations abroad.

The application is 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.

When the application is filed at a diplomatic or consular representation of the Republic of Bulgaria abroad, the interview with the applicant is conducted by an official from the respective representation upon the filing of the application.

If the applicant wants to have the copy of a birth certificate or duplicate of a birth certificate issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority as appended to the application returned after the completion of the proceedings to acquire Bulgarian citizenship, the applicant needs to append a copy of the document with a notarial certification upon filing the application.

Pursuant to Art. 14a of Bulgarian Citizenship Act (BCA)

 

  1. An application form as per Appendix No. 1 to Ordinance No. 1 of 19 February 1999 on the implementation of Chapter Five of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act.
    The application shall be written in Bulgarian language.
  2. A copy of a birth certificate or a duplicate birth certificate issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority.
  3. Depending on the type of the investment made, the persons under Article 14а of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act need to provide:
    1. A certificate of deposits and investments made under Article 25, para 1, items 6 or 7 of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act issued by the Bulgarian Investment Agency;
    2. A certificate of the activities and investments under Article 25, para 1, item 13 in relation to the circumstances under Article 25c, para 2, item 1 the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act issued by the Ministry of Economy.
  4. Documents certifying the lack of circumstances under Article 14а, para 2 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act issued by the National Revenue Agency and the municipalities.
  5. Criminal record certificate from the state, whose national the applicant is. If the applicant resides permanently or on a long-term basis in the Republic of Bulgaria or a third country, the person submits a criminal record from the local competent authorities as well. The criminal record certificate needs to indicate that it is issued for the purposes of the Bulgarian citizenship proceedings.
  6. A document from the prosecutor’s office that no criminal proceedings for an intentional crime of a general nature have been instituted against the person.
  7. A medical document issued by a medical consultative committee (MCC) of the medical institution providing services to the person as per their place of residence certifying that the person is not suffering from contagious or infectious diseases under Article 61, para 1 of the Health Act, mental disabilities under Article 146, para 1, items 1 and 2 of the Health Act. If there is no MCC, the document is issued by the general MCC of the respective hospital.
  8. A declaration as per the form under Appendix No. 4 to Ordinance No. 1.
  9. An official document certifying changes in names, if any, and an official document of identify of a person with different names.
    If the change of names is the result of marriage on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, there is no need to provide the document. The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check in the Population National Database maintained by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.
  10. Curriculum Vitae.
  11. An up-to-date photo passport size – 1.
  12. A copy of the document certifying the applicant’s identity.
  13. A payment order for the stamp duty of BGN 100, paid to the account of the Ministry of Justice, Bulgarian National Bank – Central Unit, IBAN – BG09 BNBG 9661 3000 1737 01, BIC: BNBG BGSD.

The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check via automatic access to the inter-registry exchange environment (Regix) maintained by the E-Governance State Agency whether there is a permission for a permanent or long-term residence in the Republic of Bulgaria, respectively the date of issuance of permit and the legal grounds, as well as the payment of the mandatory social security contribution and the lack of obligations.

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.

An application for acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship is filed in person at the Ministry of Justice or the Bulgarian diplomatic or consular representations abroad.

The application is 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 language by officials, designated by the Minister of Justice, following an approved questionnaire.

When the application is filed at a diplomatic or consular representation of the Republic of Bulgaria abroad, the interview with the applicant is conducted by an official from the respective representation upon the filing of the application.

If the applicant wants to have the copy of a birth certificate or the birth certificate duplicate, issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority, as appended to the application, returned after the completion of the proceedings to acquire Bulgarian citizenship, the applicant needs to append a copy of the document with a notarial certification upon filing the application.

Pursuant to Art. 15 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act

 

  1. An application form as per Appendix No. 1 to Ordinance No. 1 of 19 February 1999 for the implementation of Chapter Five of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act.
    The application shall be written in Bulgarian language.
  2. Documents proving the existence of legal grounds under Article 15 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act:
    1. The persons under Article 15, para 1, item 1 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act present a certificate of Bulgarian origin issued by the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad and all documents evidencing the existence of at least one Bulgarian ascendant;
    2. The persons under Article 15, para 1, item 2 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act present an official copy of an effective judgment allowing full adoption and an official document that the adoptive parent is a Bulgarian citizen;
    3. The persons under Article 15, para 1, item 3 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act present an official document issued by the respective municipality of the Ministry of Justice that one of their parents is a Bulgarian citizen or is deceased as a Bulgarian citizen.
  3. A copy of a birth certificate or a duplicate birth certificate issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority.
  4. Criminal record from the state, whose national the applicant is. If the applicant resides permanently or on a long-term basis in the Republic of Bulgaria or a third country, the person submits a criminal record from the local competent authorities as well. The criminal record needs to indicate that it is issued for the purposes of the Bulgarian citizenship proceedings.
  5. A document from the prosecutor’s office that no criminal proceedings for an intentional crime of a general nature have been instituted against the person if the persons resides permanently or on a long-term basis in the Republic of Bulgaria.
  6. A medical document, issued by a medical consultative committee (MCC) of the medical institution providing services to the person as per their place of residence, certifying that the person is not suffering from contagious or infectious diseases under Article 61, para 1 of the Health Act, mental disabilities under Article 146, para 1, items 1 and 2 of the Health Act. If there is no MCC, the document is issued by the general MCC of the respective hospital. The document is issued by the respective foreign authorities if the applicant resides abroad.
  7. A declaration as per the form under Appendix No. 4 to Ordinance No. 1.
  8. An official document certifying changes in names, if any, and an official document of identify of a person with different names.
    If the change of names is the result of marriage on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, there is no need to provide the document. The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check in the Population National Database maintained by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.
  9. Curriculum Vitae.
  10. An up-to-date photo passport size – 1.
  11. A copy of the document certifying the applicant’s identity.
  12. A payment order for the stamp duty of BGN 30, for students up to 26 years of age – BGN 10 upon representation of a certificate from University or other higher education institution. The stamp duty is paid to the account of the Ministry of Justice, Bulgarian National Bank – Central Unit, IBAN – BG09 BNBG 9661 3000 1737 01, BIC: BNBG BGSD.

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.

An application for acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship is filed in person at the Ministry of Justice or the Bulgarian diplomatic or consular representations abroad.

The application is 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 language by officials, designated by the Minister of Justice, following an approved questionnaire.

When the application is filed at a diplomatic or consular representation of the Republic of Bulgaria abroad, the interview with the applicant is conducted by an official from the respective representation upon the filing of the application.

If the applicant wants to have the copy of a birth certificate or the birth certificate duplicate, issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority, as appended to the application, returned after the completion of the proceedings to acquire Bulgarian citizenship, the applicant needs to append a copy of the document with a notarial certification upon filing the application.

Pursuant to Art. 18 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act

 

  1. An application form as per Appendix No. 1 to Ordinance No. 1 of 19 February 1999 for the implementation of Chapter Five of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act.
    The application shall be written in Bulgarian language.
    For a person who has not attained 14 years of age or is placed under full interdiction, the application is submitted by the two parents or the guardian. It is submitted by one parent only, if the other parent has been deprived of custody rights or only by the mother if the father is unknown.
    A person aged from 14 to 18 or placed under limited interdiction submits the application in person with the consent of their parents or guardian. The application is signed by the person and co-signed by the parents or the guardian. The application is signed by one parent only, if the other parent has been deprived of custody rights or only by the mother if the father is unknown.
    In the event of disagreement between the parents or disagreement between minors and their parents or guardians, the application is appended with the judgment whereby the district court has ruled on the dispute.
  2. A copy of a birth certificate or a duplicate birth certificate issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority.
  3. An official document of Bulgarian citizenship of the parent or the adoptive parent issued by the respective municipality or the Ministry of Justice, certifying that one parent is a Bulgarian citizen or is deceased as a Bulgarian citizen.
    The persons under Article 18, para 2 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act also provide an official copy of an effective judgment allowing full adoption.
  4. A declaration as per the form under Appendix No. 4 to Ordinance No. 1.
  5. An official document certifying changes in names, if any, and an official document of identify of a person with different names.
  6. Curriculum Vitae.
  7. An up-to-date photo passport size – 1.
  8. A copy of the document certifying the applicant’s identity.
  9. A payment order for the stamp duty of BGN 10, paid to the account of the Ministry of Justice, Bulgarian National Bank – Central Unit, IBAN – BG09 BNBG 9661 3000 1737 01, BIC: BNBG BGSD.

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.

An application for acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship is filed in person at the Ministry of Justice or the Bulgarian diplomatic or consular representations abroad.

The application is 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.

For persons who have not attained 14 years of age, an interview is held with their parents or guardians. When an interview is held with persons from 14 to 18 years of age, they need to be accompanied by their parents or guardians.

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

When the application is filed at a diplomatic or consular representation of the Republic of Bulgaria abroad, the interview with the applicant is conducted by an official from the respective representation upon the filing of the application.

If the applicant wants to have the copy of a birth certificate or the birth certificate duplicate, issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority, as appended to the application, returned after the completion of the proceedings to acquire Bulgarian citizenship, the applicant needs to append a copy of the document with a notarial certification upon filing the application.

Pursuant to Art. 16 of Bulgarian Citizenship Act (BCA)

 

  1. A motivated proposal to acquire Bulgarian citizenship to the Minister of Justice from the Minister responsible for the respective area in which the Republic of Bulgaria will benefit from the person’s naturalization or where the person has made a special contribution. The proposal needs to indicate the specific interest of the Republic of Bulgarian in the person’s naturalization or the person’s specific contribution to the respective area.
  2. Advance consent from the person who will acquire Bulgarian citizenship, bearing a signature with a notarial certification.
    For a person up to 14 years of age, the consent is granted by both parents. Consent is granted by one parent only if the other parent has been deprived of custody rights or only by the mother if the father is unknown.
    Any person aged from 14 to 18 gives their consent in person with their parents’ consent. The consent is signed by the person and further signatures are affixed by both parents. The consent is signed by one parent only, if the other parent has been deprived of custody rights or only by the mother if the father is unknown.
    In the event of disagreement between the parents or disagreement between minors and their parents or guardians, the application is appended with the judgment whereby the district court has ruled on the dispute.
  3. A copy of a birth certificate or a duplicate birth certificate issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority.
  4. Criminal record from the state, whose national the applicant is. If the applicant resides permanently or on a long-term basis in the Republic of Bulgaria or a third country, the person submits a criminal record from the local competent authorities as well. The criminal record needs to indicate that it is issued for the purposes of the Bulgarian citizenship proceedings.
  5. A document from the prosecutor’s office that no criminal proceedings for an intentional crime of a general nature have been instituted against the person if the persons resides permanently or on a long-term basis in the Republic of Bulgaria.
  6. A medical document, issued by a medical consultative committee (MCC) of the medical institution providing services to the person as per their place of residence, certifying that the person is not suffering from contagious or infectious diseases under Article 61, para 1 of the Health Act, mental disabilities under Article 146, para 1, items 1 and 2 of the Health Act. If there is no MCC, the document is issued by the general MCC of the respective hospital. The document is issued by the respective foreign authorities if the applicant resides abroad.
  7. A declaration as per the form under Appendix No. 4 to Ordinance No. 1.
  8. An official document certifying changes in names, if any, and an official document of identify of a person with different names.
    If the change is the result of marriage on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, there is no need to provide the document. The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check in the Population National Database maintained by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.
  9. Curriculum Vitae.
  10. An up-to-date photo passport size – 1.
  11. A copy of the document certifying the applicant’s identity.
  12. A payment order for the stamp duty of BGN 100, paid to the account of the Ministry of Justice, Bulgarian National Bank – Central Unit, IBAN – BG09 BNBG 9661 3000 1737 01, BIC: BNBG BGSD.

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.

Pursuant to Art. 20 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act

 

  1. An application form as per Appendix No. 3 to Ordinance No. 1 of 19 February 1999 on the implementation of Chapter Five of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act.
    The application shall be written in Bulgarian.
    For a person who has not attained 14 years of age or is placed under full interdiction, the application is submitted by the two parents or the guardian. It is submitted by one parent only, if the other parent has been deprived of custody rights or only by the mother if the father is unknown.
    A person aged from 14 to 18 or placed under limited interdiction submits the application in person with the consent of their parents or guardian. The application is signed by the person and co-signed by the parents or the guardian. The application is signed by one parent only, if the other parent has been deprived of custody rights or only by the mother if the father is unknown.
    In the event of disagreement between the parents or disagreement between minors and their parents or guardians, the application is appended with the judgment whereby the district court has ruled on the dispute.
  2. A copy of a birth certificate or a duplicate birth certificate issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority.
  3. A document certifying the acquisition of foreign nationality or pending proceedings to acquire foreign nationality.
  4. A document of permanent residence abroad – address registration.
  5. A declaration as per the form under Appendix No. 4 to Ordinance No. 1.
  6. An official document certifying changes in names, if any, and an official document of identify of a person with different names.
    If the change of names is the result of marriage on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, there is no need to provide the document. The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check in the Population National Database maintained by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.
  7. Curriculum Vitae.
  8. An up-to-date photo passport size – 1.
  9. A copy of the document certifying the applicant’s identity.
  10. A payment order for the stamp duty of BGN 50, paid to the account of the Ministry of Justice, Bulgarian National Bank – Central Unit, IBAN – BG09 BNBG 9661 3000 1737 01, BIC: BNBG BGSD.

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.

The application for the release from Bulgarian citizenship is filed in person at the Ministry of Justice or the Bulgarian diplomatic or consular representations abroad.

The application is 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. For persons who have not attained 14 years of age or have been placed under full interdiction, an interview is held with their parents or guardians. When an interview is held with persons from 14 to 18 years of age or placed under limited interdiction, they need to be accompanied by their parents or guardians.

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

When the application is filed at a diplomatic or consular representation of the Republic of Bulgaria abroad, the interview with the applicant is conducted by an official from the respective representation upon the filing of the application.

If the applicant wants to have the copy of a birth certificate or the birth certificate duplicate, issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority, as appended to the application, returned after the completion of the proceedings to acquire Bulgarian citizenship, the applicant needs to append a copy of the document with a notarial certification upon filing the application.

Pursuant to Article 26 and Article 27 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act

 

  1. An application form as per Appendix No. 2 to Ordinance No. 1 of 19 February 1999 for the implementation of Chapter Five of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act.
    The application shall be written in Bulgarian language.
    For a person who has not attained 14 years of age or is placed under full interdiction, the application is submitted by the two parents or the guardian. It is submitted by one parent only, if the other parent has been deprived of custody rights or only by the mother if the father is unknown.
    A person aged from 14 to 18 or placed under limited interdiction submits the application in person with the consent of their parents or guardian. The application is signed by the person and co-signed by the parents or the guardian. The application is signed by one parent only, if the other parent has been deprived of custody rights or only by the mother if the father is unknown.
    In the event of disagreement between the parents or disagreement between minors and their parents or guardians, the application is appended with the judgment whereby the district court has ruled on the dispute.
  2. A copy of a birth certificate or a duplicate birth certificate issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority.
  3. Criminal record certificate from the state, whose national the applicant is. If the applicant resides permanently or on a long-term basis in the Republic of Bulgaria or a third country, the person submits a criminal record from the local competent authorities as well. The criminal record needs to indicate that it is issued for the purposes of the Bulgarian citizenship proceedings.
  4. A document from the prosecutor’s office that no criminal proceedings for an intentional crime of a general nature have been instituted against the person if the persons resides permanently or on a long-term basis in the Republic of Bulgaria.
  5. A medical document, issued by a medical consultative committee (MCC) of the medical institution providing services to the person as per their place of residence, certifying that the person is not suffering from contagious or infectious diseases under Article 61, para 1 of the Health Act, mental disabilities under Article 146, para 1, items 1 and 2 of the Health Act. If there is no MCC, the document is issued by the general MCC of the respective hospital. The document is issued by the respective foreign authorities if the applicant resides abroad.
  6. A declaration as per the form under Appendix No. 4 to Ordinance No. 1.
  7. An official document certifying changes in names, if any, and an official document of identify of a person with different names.
    If the change of names is the result of marriage on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, there is no need to provide the document. The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check in the Population National Database maintained by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.
  8. Curriculum Vitae.
  9. An up-to-date photo passport size – 1.
  10. A copy of the document certifying the applicant’s identity.
  11. A payment order for the stamp duty of BGN 30, for persons up to 18 years of age and students up to 26 years of age – BGN 10, for persons of non-Bulgarian origin – BGN 100, paid to the account of the Ministry of Justice, Bulgarian National Bank – Central Unit, IBAN – BG09 BNBG 9661 3000 1737 01, BIC: BNBG BGSD.

The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check via automatic access to the inter-registry exchange environment (Regix) maintained by the E-Governance State Agency whether there is a permission for residence in the Republic of Bulgaria, respectively the date of issuance of the residence permit, which residence must be continuous and not less than 3 years as of the date of filing the application.

Persons of Bulgarian origin where an ascendant is “Bulgarian” as per § 2, item 1 of the Additional Provisions of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act and persons deprived of Bulgarian citizenship on grounds which are no longer valid do not need to present this document.

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.

An application for restoration of Bulgarian citizenship is filed in person at the Ministry of Justice or the Bulgarian diplomatic or consular representations abroad.

The application is 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.

For persons who have not attained 14 years of age or have been placed under full interdiction, an interview is held with their parents or guardians. When an interview is held with persons from 14 to 18 years of age or placed under limited interdiction, they need to be accompanied by their parents or guardians.

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

When the application is filed at a diplomatic or consular representation of the Republic of Bulgaria abroad, the interview with the applicant is conducted by an official from the respective representation upon the filing of the application.

If the applicant wants to have the copy of a birth certificate or the birth certificate duplicate, issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority, as appended to the application, returned after the completion of the proceedings to acquire Bulgarian citizenship, the applicant needs to append a copy of the document with a notarial certification upon filing the application.

Pursuant to Art. 39 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act

 

  1. An application form as per Appendix No. 5 to Ordinance No. 1 of 19 February 1999 on the Application of Chapter Five of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act.
    The application is to be written in Bulgarian.
    The application and the documents are submitted through the municipality as per the person’s permanent address or through the municipality as per the place of residence or permanent address before leaving the country which sends them ex officio to the Ministry of Justice and appends a check from the registers of civil status from the respective municipality or mayoralty regarding the person’s citizenship.
    A person living abroad may submit an application for the establishment of the existence of Bulgarian citizenship at the Bulgarian diplomatic or consular representations abroad.
    When the person is deceased, the application is filled in and signed by an heir and the details of the deceased person are filled in.
    For a person who has not attained 14 years of age or is placed under full interdiction, the application is submitted by the two parents or the guardian. It is submitted by one parent only, if the other parent has been deprived of custody rights or only by the mother if the father is unknown.
    A person aged from 14 to 18 or placed under limited interdiction submits the application in person with the consent of their parents or guardian. The application is signed by the person and co-signed by the parents or the guardian. The application is signed by one parent only, if the other parent has been deprived of parental rights or only by the mother if the father is unknown.
  2. A copy of a birth certificate or a duplicate birth certificate issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority.
  3. A document certifying the date and the manner of leaving the country.
  4. An official document certifying changes in names, if any, and an official document of identify of a person with different names.
    If the change is the result of marriage on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, there is no need to provide the document. The Bulgarian Citizenship Directorate carries out an ex officio check in the Population National Database maintained by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.
  5. A copy of the document certifying the applicant’s identity.
  6. A document of a foreign citizenship acquired, if any;
  7. A copy of a death certificate if the person is deceased;
  8. An up-to-date photo passport size – 2.
  9. A payment order for the stamp duty of BGN 50, paid to the account of the Ministry of Justice, Bulgarian National Bank – Central Unit, IBAN – BG09 BNBG 9661 3000 1737 01, BIC: BNBG BGSD.

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.

If irregularities are found, the application and the documents appended are returned to the municipality through which they were sent with written instructions to remedy the irregularities.

If the applicant wants to have the copy of a birth certificate or duplicate of a birth certificate issued by the respective Bulgarian or foreign competent authority as appended to the application returned after the completion of the proceedings to acquire Bulgarian citizenship, the applicant needs to append a copy of the document with a notarial certification upon filing the application.