Bulgarian Citizenship by Origin

Article 15 of the Bulgarian Citizenship Act provides that foreign nationals can acquire Bulgarian citizenship based on their Bulgarian descent. The process of obtaining Bulgarian Citizenship by descent can be described as a two staged procedure. First, the applicant have to apply for a certificate of Bulgarian origin with the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad. If successful, the State Agency issues a certificate of Bulgarian origin which is required for stage 2 – applying for Bulgarian citizenship with the Ministry of Justice.

If your application with the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad is unsuccessful, our Bulgarian citizenship lawyers will assist you to appeal the refusal with the Sofia Administrative Court.

We can advise you on the eligibility of acquiring Bulgarian citizenship by origin, to assist in the sourcing, clarification and preparation of the supporting documents, to assist at each step, including by completing many of the steps on behalf of the applicant, to put together the application and submit and represent in front of the responsible authorities.

Furthermore, we may assist you to obtain evidence of your ancestors’ Bulgarian origin. This includes birth or death certificates, primary or high school diplomas, marriage or military service certificates issued by local or central government authorities in Bulgaria.

Stage 1 – Application for a certificate of Bulgarian origin

The application can be submitted to the nearest Bulgarian embassy or consulate, or in person to the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad in Sofia. Applying for a certificate of Bulgarian origin you need to attend an interview. If you are not fluent in Bulgarian language, you may appoint a translator. The certificate is issued for 30 calendar days on submission of the application, or for 2-3 months if you apply to a Bulgarian embassy or consulate.

Applications for a certificate of Bulgarian origin must be submitted in person. After the certificate is issued, it can be received by an authorized lawyer or firm.

If you have already submitted your application and you haven’t been contacted back, we will be glad to check officially the status of your application with the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad.

If your certificate of Bulgarian origin was lost, stolen or destroyed, our lawyers can assist you to obtain a duplicate from the State Agency.

How to prove my Bulgarian origin?

Bulgarian origin can be proved easily by presenting a birth or marriage certificate from Bulgarian or foreign authorities. The certificate must state that one of your ancestors is born in Bulgaria and he/ she is of Bulgarian origin. Our citizenship lawyers can assist you in obtaining a birth certificate of your deceased ancestors born in Bulgaria.

Citizens of Turkey who lost their Bulgarian citizenship due to the migration processes in the last decades can apply for restoration of Bulgarian citizenship by providing “Passeport D’Emigratoin” and a birth certificate. Their descendants can apply for Bulgarian citizenship by origin based on their ancestors lost Bulgarian citizenship.

Alternatively, Bulgarian origin can be proved by obtaining a certificate of Bulgarian ethnicity from an organization of Bulgarians living outside the Republic of Bulgaria registered with the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad.

What documents I have to provide to apply for a certificate of Bulgarian origin?

  • Application form;
  • Birth certificate;
  • A copy of the identity document from which it is apparent nationality and address registration;
  • Proof of Bulgarian origin of the ascending of the applicant;
  • Declaration of Bulgarian national consciousness;

You may provide any other documents to enhance your application. These can be documents issued by Bulgarian or foreign authorities, documents issued by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church or a certificate stating your Bulgarian origin issued by an organization of Bulgarians living abroad.

Our service fee for obtaining a certificate of Bulgarian origin from the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad is 1,000€ excl. translation, legalization and attestation fees of the related documents and state fees. 

Bulgarian Permanent Residence by origin

Obtaining Bulgarian citizenship by origin can be too long and complex task to achieve. While you are awaiting for an approval of your citizenship application, you may apply for a Bulgarian permanent residency by origin. Foreigners who can provide proof of their Bulgarian origin, either by a birth certificate or a certificate of Bulgarian origin issued from the State Agency can apply for permanent residency by origin.

Benefits for Permanent Residents

  • Free movement within the Schengen zone, after Bulgaria becomes a member state;
  • Access to high quality healthcare in Bulgaria and the EU;
  • Conditional tax exemption on world income.

For more details about obtaining Bulgarian permanent residence permit by origin, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Stage 2 – Application for Bulgarian Citizenship by origin

The application can be submitted to the nearest Bulgarian embassy or consulate, or personally to the Ministry of Justice in Sofia. Submitting your application you will be interviewed and you are allowed to use a translator.

If you have already submitted your Citizenship application and you haven’t been contacted back, we will be glad to check officially the status of your application with the Ministry of Justice. You may first check your application status online here using your reference number and PIN before contacting us.

What documents I have to provide to apply for Bulgarian citizenship by origin?

  • Application form;
  • Certificate of Bulgarian origin issued from the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad;
  • Birth Certificate;
  • Proof of Bulgarian origin of the ascending of the applicant;
  • Police clearance certificate;
  • Several additional certificates which can be prepared in Bulgaria with our assistance.

Our service fee for assistance with an application for Bulgarian citizenship is 1,000€ excl. translation, legalization and attestation fees of the related documents and state fees. 

Next steps

Contact our office via our contact form here or on +359 876 87 4449 for further information about obtaining Bulgarian citizenship by origin.

 

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