Bulgaria Freelance Professional Visa

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Bulgaria currently does not have a Bulgaria Digital Nomad Visa, but digital nomads and freelancers can benefit from the Freelance Professional Foreigners visa, also known as the Type D Visa.

Every non-EU citizen can work and reside as a freelancer in Bulgaria given that the respective approval has been given by the Bulgarian Employment Agency. The residence permit on the grounds of freelancing is for an initial period of 1 year, and you can extend it for another year.

The application for issuing a long-stay visa is submitted only in the diplomatic and consular missions at the permanent place of residence of the applicant or the missions accredited in the state of the applicant’s permanent residence. Persons staying legally in a third country, different from the country of their permanent residence, may, as an exception, apply in this third country after explaining the reasons thereof and if their return to the state of permanent residence is guaranteed. 

The executive director of the National Employment Agency takes a decision within 30 days from the submission of the documents.



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Eligibility Requirements for the Bulgaria Freelance Professional Visa

5 Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a third-country national or non-EU citizen.
  • The main applicant must be over 18 years of age.
  • Have a good health and a clean criminal record from the country of residence.
  • Show a detailed freelancer plan (assignments included) in Bulgaria.
  • Show evidence of sufficient funds during their stay in Bulgaria.

Document Requirements for the Bulgaria Freelance Professional Visa

9 Document Required

  • A photocopy of the last Bulgaria and Schengen visas or visas for the UK and the USA (if any).
  • A full color photograph 3,5х4,5cm against light-colored background.
  • Medical insurance valid for the EU member states for the whole period of the trip, covering all costs for repatriation and for urgent medical care and emergency hospital treatment for the period of the stay indicated in the visa. The insurance amount cannot be less than 30 thousand euros.
  • Evidence of financial means and sufficient to sustain the stay.
  • Copy of the technical passport of the car of the trip.
  • For under-aged children traveling without their parents or trustees, the following documents shall be submitted: A copy of the birth certificate; original and photocopy of a power of attorney notary certified by both parents/ trustees or by one parent trustee that they agree their child to travel unaccompanied by them.
  • Visa application form.
  • Detailed freelancer plan (assignments included) in Bulgaria.
  • Photocopy of the passport first page.

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  • You can extend it for a year.

Talent Migration data for Bulgaria

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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