Bulgarian Work Visa

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Talent Migration


Foreign nationals are legally required to apply for and obtain a long stay D visa followed by a valid work permit (also known as an NEA work permit) in order to work in Bulgaria.

The sponsor company (employer) in Bulgaria will apply for a work permit on behalf of the applicant to the Bulgarian Employment Agency. Once the permit is issued, the company will register the employee with the local Employment Office.

Processing time for this visa varies depending on your nationality and job offer.

You may bring your spouse and kids on this visa.

Application process:

  • Get the employment letter or Work contract from the employer in Bulgaria.
  • Prepare your visa application and gather other required documents for it.
  • Apply for a long stay D visa and prepare to move to Bulgaria.
  • Upon arrival in Bulgaria, within the first three months, secure your Red-White-Red card (Work resident permit).



12 months



120 Month(s)





P. Residency

60 Month(s)


Processing time

4 - 6 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Bulgarian Work Visa?

4 Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have a work contract from a Bulgarian employer.
  • You must have a valid passport/travel document, valid for at least 6 months or more.
  • You must be of good health and character.
  • Additional requirements may be present and will be provided by the employer.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Bulgarian Work Visa?

5 Document Required

  • Copies of valid passport/travel document (like the bio page, past visas, etc.).
  • Copy of your employment contract.
  • Relevant medical report demonstrating good health.
  • Recent passport size photos.
  • Additional documents might be present and will be guided to you by the employer.

Talent Migration data for Bulgaria

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

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