A recent amendment to Bulgarian nationality law allows the spouse of a Bulgarian national to naturalise as a Bulgarian citizen without abandoning his or her existing nationality. This amendment came into effect in December 2013.
A spouse will still need to meet the requirements of continuing residence in Bulgaria, continuation of the marital relationship and passing a test of knowledge of the Bulgarian language.
It should be noted that on the face of the law, the entitlement to naturalise as a Bulgarian national does not at this stage extend to informal partners (irrespective of the length and nature of the relationship), nor to same-sex partners.
In relation to the language requirement, although a waiver of it has been discussed as a prospective further amendment of the law, it has not been adopted in this round of legislation. For now, the requirement of knowledge of the Bulgarian language can be met by either passing a simple test or by completing a special class in Bulgarian (in which case no test is required).
We regularly assist individuals and couples in the various circumstances of applications for naturalisation and will be happy to offer advice, support and representation. Should you wish to receive this, please contact us via our office telephone or e-mails.
Bulgarian startups funded by UK investors
NBLO regularly advises Bulgarian startups looking to tap into the deeper pools of capital available in more established seed and venture capital markets.
The UK, US and Germany are most frequently the sources of funding which Bulgarian-related investees successfully access. Given our connections to the UK (two of our team are admitted to practice in England), we most often assist Balkan founders or Bulgarian startups who have arranged to raise from UK-specific sources.
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