Ivan Petrov

China Regional Specialist

Ivan is a young professional who joined NBLO’s team in 2016 to help us develop our work with our private clients.

Having studied, lived, and worked in China for almost 8 years, Ivan has strong intercultural skills and extensive knowledge of China and East Asia. He is responsible for the business development of NBLO’s immigration practice in the region and has participated in a number of events and seminars accross Southeast Asia.

Ivan has extensive knowledge of the immigration law processes in Bulgaria and is an integral part of the technical day-to-day operations for NBLO’s private clients interested in the Bulgarian citizenship-by-investment route.

Prior to joining our team, Ivan was a lecturer in the Chinese department at the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. His personal interests include current affairs and social media. He is fluent in English and has professional knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.

Qualifications: Sofia University, Tongji University

Languages Spoken: Bulgarian, English and Mandarin Chinese

Office Location: London

  • Citizenship and Immigration

    We advise individuals and families planning for their future and their legacy.  We understand that immigration can be complex, often stressful and traumatic. With our professional advice and sensitive approach we will guide you through all your options and will help you to achieve the best possible outcome. We aim to accomplish this in the […]

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  • Expat Assistance

    Advice prior to arrival Work permit requirements and immigration (for non-EEA, non-Swiss nationals); Arranging residence documents (for EEA and Swiss nationals); Setting up a Trade Representative Office; Planning for issues connected with healthcare, education, child care and buying, owning and renting property. After arrival Renting and owning property, establishing and terminating leases over office space […]

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  • Private Companies

    Private companies are the backbone of the economy with a variety of activities aimed at millions of clients. We have abundant experience with Bulgaria and foreign clients active across the world in areas as diverse as online services, gaming, cryptocurrencies, and real estate. We at NBLO regularly assist private company incorporation and provide an all-encompassing […]

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  • Business Immigration

    We are aware that nowadays doing business is a global adventure and challenge. Bulgaria is a small and open economy, and its labour market benefits from a steady flow of human capital in many directions.  Firms and organisations need integrated, prompt and carefully executed solutions to employment and immigration issues when working across borders. NBLO […]

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  • Citizenship by Investment

    Citizenship by Investment Bulgarian law provides a fast-track route to citizenship by investment. Bulgaria provides an accessible, transparent and respectable gateway into the European society, way of life, and economy through EU citizenship. The requirement is to invest, rather than donate to a government fund. Investor may in principle expect to keep the principal and […]

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  • Opening a bank account in Bulgaria in the name of foreign business or organisation

    Foreign-Incorporated Business Bank Account Application In this note, we provide an overview of the requirements an overseas-incorporated business must generally meet to open a bank account in Bulgaria. We restrict our analysis to those organisations or businesses which are structured as companies or corporations in their home jurisdiction. Bulgarian law recognises legal forms originating in […]

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  • Pre-approval Process and Source of Funds for Citizenship by Investment

    The pre-approval or pre-clearance process carried out by the Bulgarian Investment Agency (“BIA”) was newly introduced by legislation in March 2021 and is currently subject to refinement by means of secondary legislation and internal rules by the BIA. Its purpose is to give assurance about the legitimacy of investors, including their compliance with anti money laundering (“AML”) law and […]

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  • Investment in Mutual Funds as route to Bulgarian Citizenship

    On 15th March 2021, changes in both the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act (“Foreigners Act”) and the Bulgarian Citizenship Act (“Citizenship Act”) came into effect. The former provides grounds for permanent residence, the latter regulates qualifications for citizenship. You can contact us directly to learn more via our contact form. One of the newly adopted […]

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  • Legalization of documents for use in Bulgaria

    In order for official documents issued abroad to be used in Bulgaria, they may need to go through a legalization process.  The type of legalization depends on whether: A bilateral Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement (“MLAA”) is in place between Bulgaria and the document issuing state; OR  the issuing state is a member of The Hague […]

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  • Bulgaria Revamps CBI Program: New Investment Options, Faster Processing

    On 26 February 2021, the Bulgarian Parliament approved а Bill amending the Bulgarian Citizenship Act and the country’s Citizenship by Investment Scheme thus introducing new investment options. The Government and legislators had mooted changes since January 2019. The changes are not in force yet (as of March 1) but are expected to be in the […]

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  • The Economist Radio – Bulgarian Citizenship by Investment

    NBLO has just released an ad on Economist Radio, in which we refer to the famous quip attributed to Boris Johnson – when it came to Brexit, the UK could both have its cake and eat it. Citizenship by Investment in Bulgaria is very much like that. Bulgaria, uniquely in the European Union, allows investors […]

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  • EU Citizenship by Investment and Residence by Investment in Bulgaria

    You may also wish to visit our dedicated microsite where you can find out more about the EU citizenship by investment process and associated steps, and see answers to FAQs at: citizenshipinsight.com. Please also explore further CBI/RBI articles on this website. Overview Bulgaria is one of several EU member states which offers a citizenship by […]

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  • The Trade Representation Office (TRO) option as a way to reside in Bulgaria

    Third-country nationals who are looking for a route to residence in an EU Member State have a number of options. In addition to the popular investment option (a focus for HNWIs), there are other routes which are significantly less capital intensive, but allow digital nomads and young entrepreneurs to settle in Bulgaria. A route to temporary […]

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  • How are administrative services delivered in Bulgaria during the Coronavirus outbreak?

    Bulgaria declared a state of emergency on Friday 13th March, giving the government extraordinary powers. Approved in a parliamentary vote, the month-long measure (effective until 13 April 2020) should allow the Bulgarian Government to dedicate more resources to fighting the pandemic in Bulgaria. That leaves the question what administrative services are available to citizens? How […]

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  • Why Bulgarian citizenship by investment should be retained

    On 22.01.2019 and 23.01.2019, the Government of Bulgaria ( GoB ) announced intended amendments to Bulgarian citizenship law. These will, if passed in Parliament, abolish investment citizenship and align Bulgaria with the 17 EU member-states which the European Commission in its simultaneous report ( Report ) classifies as offering solely investment residence[1]. GoB intends to introduce […]

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  • NBLO sponsors the International Migration Summit in China

    The 2017 International Migration Summit Guangzhou is going to be held on the 9th and 10th of November at the Conrad Guangzhou Hotel. As a law firm working in both Bulgaria and the United Kingdom, and specialized in immigration, New Balkans Law Office is proud to announce our future cooperation with Sangko as a Gold Sponsor for […]

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