Residency & citizenship by Investment

The ideal gateway into the European economy and way of life

Bulgaria is diverse, culturally rich, and perfectly placed for working and travelling in and around the continent

Why choose Bulgaria

As one of the youngest EU member states, Bulgaria boasts a rich and diverse culture, temperate climate and an ideal location in Southeast Europe. The Investor Program for Residence and Citizenship in Bulgaria helps get you there faster with the following benefits:

  • Residency within 1 year
  • Fast-track option for citizenship within 2 years
  • Special exemption from physical residence
    enforced with legislation
  • Government-approved investments and
    available financing options from banks
  • No language requirements
  • No obligation to relinquish current nationality
  • Lowest tax rates and free-trade environment
    within the EU



One of the biggest advantages of Bulgaria’s residency program is that once you collect your passport all of your family members can apply for citizenship too!. This includes every member of your family from your grandparents to your grandchildren and everyone else in between.

Packages start from just €500,000!

Benefits for permanent residents

  • Free movement within the Schengen zone after Bulgaria becomes a member state
  • Access to high-quality health care in Bulgaria and the EU
  • Conditional tax exemption on world income

Benefits for citizens

  • Unrestricted right to live, work and study in Europe
  • Right to own land in any EU country


Offered in accordance with the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act, the Investor Program for Residence and Citizenship includes a fast-track citizenship option. It is also one of the fastest programs to lead to residence.

To qualify for residency or citizenship, applicants must fulfill one of the investment options below in addition to meeting the following criteria:

  • Be a non-EU citizen
  • Possess a valid passport or another foreign travel document
  • Provide documents supporting the source and origin of invested funds
  • Hold no criminal record
  • Attest the power of attorneys and the investment agreement
  • Make the minimum statutory trips to Bulgaria

Fast track to citizenship

The fast-track option allows investors to apply for citizenship faster by doubling their investment. Investors must have at least one year of permanent residency status. Financing options are available to qualified applicants. Applications for the fast-track program are examined under express procedure.

Citizenship requirements

In accordance with the Bulgarian Citizenship Act, foreign investors who hold a permanent resident permit for at least five years are eligible to apply for Bulgarian citizenship. Investors will need to file a citizenship application and pass medical tests in their current country of residence.

The requirements for those who opt for the regular program are as follows:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Must have maintained permanent resident status and a valid residential address for the past five years
  • Must have never been sentenced by a Bulgarian court for a capital offence or accused in criminal proceedings for such a crime (unless he/she has been rehabilitated)

Relocation assistance

With you every step of the way from pr application to approval and beyond

Relocating to a new country involves much more than filing paperwork, we believe it’s a transcendental event; we will take you through the journey step by step.

We have a full team based in both Singapore and Sofia, Bulgaria's capital city, to help customers considering expatriation with all the formalities through to complete relocation. Our service varies depending on the customers requirements, offering everything from full support to assistance with specific issues and also including post expatriation support.

The expert hosts for your trip to Bulgaria

Although there is no requirement to reside in Bulgaria to obtain PR, you will need to make two mandatory trips to Bulgaria as part of the PR application process. Having already brought thousands of Asian investors to Bulgaria, we are expert hosts! We will arrange everything from your accommodation and transportation within Bulgaria to your dining and entertainment and even sight seeing trips. We promise to take good care of you!

Making the process simple

Our goal is to make this process as simple as possible for you because we want you to enjoy this journey

Corestone is your one-stop-shop for Permanent Residency and Citizenship in Bulgaria. Together with our specialist professional partners and our Bulgaria and Singapore based teams we will support you fully to make the application process as simple as possible and we will deliver on our commitment to you.

  • Administrative Formalities
  • Legal Assistance
  • Property Management
  • Relocation Assistance

Frequently asked questions

FAQ 1: can I study in another EU country as a Bulgaria pr holder?

Yes, you can but you will be classed as a foreign student and will need to pay additional student fees. However, the European Commission has launched many exchange programs between the EU Universities to enable students to have easier access to study abroad.

FAQ 2: how many trips do I have to make to Bulgaria?

There are two statutory trips for each applicant at different stages of the process.

FAQ 3: how long does it take to get my bulgarian ID card?

Under the express procedure, the cards are ready on the third business day following the day of application.

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