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Really a Newbie - US citizen wants to immigrate to Bulgaria

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Really a Newbie - US citizen wants to immigrate to Bulgaria

Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 9:03 am

I'm looking for help from an expat who has moved to Bulgaria recently. I've been married to a Bulgarian for 5 years and now I want to immigrate to Bulgaria. I know that I must first obtain a D type visa and then apply while I'm in Bulgaria for permanent status but I'd like a little information on how long it takes to get all this done. I'm from the USA and am wondering how long it might take me to get a Visa "D". Does anyone know?


Re: Really a Newbie - US citizen wants to immigrate to Bulga

Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 1:16 pm

Hi There, I have recently come to live in Bulgaria and as far as I can understand from the Bulgarian embassy in London, it takes 30 working days to process type D visa applications, taking out any bank holidays, you are looking at 5-6 weeks for the processing to be completed. Some of the paperwork has to be 'legalised', in England by the Commonwealth and Foreign office n London. For example the Bulgarian embassy will not accept papers such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, financial papers unless they have an 'apostile' attached by the Foreign office of the country you reside in. In England each one costs £19, and any document copies are required to be signed by a solicitor/lawyer as a true copy before they can even have this done. Being married to a Bulgarian man will certainly help but more so when you reach Bulgaria and apply for your residency permit, nice aren't they? Bulgarian men that is! Good luck with it , it is all a bit of a minefield. Rolling Eyes


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Re: Really a Newbie - US citizen wants to immigrate to Bulga

Post Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2005 3:28 am

First of all you will need patience Smile
I can only give you the information based on my personal experience as each case is a particular one. I got married in bulgaria, so it was a lot easier, didn't need to legalize documents, etc.
According to Bulgarian law, after 2 years of marriage with Bulgarian citizen you have the legal right to obtain directly a permanent residence permit which means that you won't need to apply for a separate working permit.
My visa D took exactly 30 working day (issued by Bulgarian embassy in Skopje, Macedonia). The decision by ministery of internal affairs took less than a month after which, the issue of the Bulgarian ID took 12 Days as I payed a slightly higher issue tax.


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