EU Citizenship by Investment and Residence by Investment in Bulgaria

10 January 2021

Private Clients, Citizenship and Immigration, Citizenship by Investment

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Bulgaria is one of several EU member states which offers a citizenship by investment (CBI) and a residence by investment (RBI) programmes.

To qualify for citizenship, you need to:

  • Invest approx  €500,000
  • Invest in direct equities or UCITS/AIFs
  • Travel to Bulgaria up to three times over the ~5-year application period
  • Learn to speak the national language (a basic A2-B1 level)

You do not need to:

  • Make Bulgaria your residence (though you could)
  • Meet other requirements which may apply in other EU CBI/RBI countries

Once a Bulgarian and therefore an EU citizen, you benefit from:

  • Visa-free travel to an estimated 169 countries
  • Freedom of movement rights within the EU and its 28 members, the EEA, and Switzerland
  • A range of economic and social rights

Your family

  • Your husband/wife can apply for citizenship, too. Your children and any child of your children in perpetuity can also apply at any time in the future – each of them without further investment.

Next steps/Applying

Please review the information below – or call us on: +359 2 950 6239 or +44 20 7183 0262 for more information, to request advice or to apply. We are available Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 16:00 UTC/GMT and by e-mail [email protected] within 24 hours at all times.

Our experience and advantages: why NBLO?

  • NBLO can advise if your investment is eligible, help with documentation, liaise with government bodies, and assist at each step.
  • We are a law firm with a wealth of experience in nationality law and private clients generally. We deal with applications for citizenship both involving investment and not.
  • To date, we have a 100% success rate in our citizenship by investment work.


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