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Applying for Residence in Bulgaria

How do I become a resident of Bulgaria?

EU citizens can apply for Bulgarian residence and Bulgarian ID card by having a proof of accommodation and sufficient funds to support their stay in Bulgaria. This is administrative service provided by the Migration Directorate. The residence application is lodged at the local Migration Office in the district where the accommodation is located. 


Please see the following conditions and required documents (if you are an employed or self-employed person in the Republic of Bulgaria) which must be submitted:

  • a completed application form
  • a valid ID document (a government issued ID card or passport)
  • a copy of your employment contract or documentary evidence that you are self-employed (e.g. owner, partner or manager of a Bulgarian company; working on a civil contract; registered at the Employment Agency of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP) as self-employed)
  • a rental contract or proof of address your previous long-term residence permit (if reapplying)
  • a payment receipt

Translate any supporting documents and include them with the originals if they are not in Bulgarian.

The application form is available at your local Migration office or here.

Payment can be made at your local Migration office, electronically, or in person at the bank affiliated with your local Migration office.

For further information, please contact your local Migration office or call +359 (2) 982 4808, email:

More information in English is available here.