Immigration

We are aware that nowadays making business is a global adventure and challenge. Global organizations and multinational companies need integrated solutions to key employment and immigration issues when working across jurisdictions.

Corporations with international operations move their people around the world and need to do this efficiently. This requires professional and flexible legal support to immigration.

Bulgarian immigration law, like that of most jurisdictions, employs a range of restrictions and procedures, most of which involving a considerable amount of time and documentation as a burden on employers intending to relocate expatriate staff to Bulgaria; second or implement an intra-company transfer or assign project-based employees or contractors. Our lawyers are familiar with these procedures, as well as the prevailing practices of the competent authorities, and are capable of leading you through the thicket of these, while striving for the most effective outcome.

With a fundamental emphasis on compliance, we can help you get necessary visas, work and residences permits, determine applicable visa categories and advise on immigration topics and processes. We offer valuable insight into which immigration law provisions work in an immigrant-friendly fashion. Our goal is to deliver legal advisory services so that as far as possible a decision to assign staff to Bulgaria is taken without the need for any special consideration.

We also extend the services of our corporate immigration practice to business people who wish to relocate to Bulgaria to start or develop a business venture and in doing so, we collaborate internally with our private client team.

Recent work:

An ~€1M claim on behalf of real estate consultants

NBLO’s dispute resolution lawyers represented UK-based real estate consultants who had structured a € 40-million-worth commercial property project on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.  In breach of an applicable contractual obligation, the consultants had not been paid the agreed success fees for their services. The then director of the defaulting party had been tragically shot dead in the meantime.

Following a hotly contested first instance, with below-the-belt attempts by the other side (the least untypical perhaps being the claim that the contract had been a forgery and a trial-within-a-trial on the issue), our team succeeded in obtaining a judgment at first instance.  The parties were then able to achieve a significant settlement.

The key skills we were able to bring to bear in providing a solution included searching for solutions across the problem domain; appropriately involving representatives of Bulgaria’s EU partner member-states to buttress judicial independence; and resourcefully dealing with heterodox approaches by our judicial opponents.

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