No Criminal record for Bulgarian Citizenship

Last Updated on November 11, 2023 by Bulgarian Citizenship Team

One crucial element of the Bulgarian citizenship process is the submission of a clean criminal record. While applying for a D visa allows you the flexibility to provide a clean criminal record from either your home country or your country of residency, the Bulgarian citizenship application requires a clean criminal record specifically from your home country. Furthermore, if you are residing in another country, you have also provide a clean criminal record from your country of residency.

Legalization of Clean Criminal Records:

No criminal records must be prepared in accordance with the legal format. If your home country is a member of the Hague Convention on Apostilles (applicable to countries like the People’s Republic of China, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand etc.), the documents must be apostilled. In cases where your home country and Bulgaria have an agreement to eliminate the need for further legalization of public documents (which is the case for countries such as the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Kuwait, etc.), no additional legalization steps are required.

Validity of the Clean Criminal Record:

In the absence of a specified validity date on the no criminal record, it is considered valid for 6 months. Some countries issue no criminal records with a specific validity period; for instance, no criminal records issued by Algeria are valid for only 3 months.

Special Requirements for Police Certificates:

For US citizens, it is mandatory to submit an FBI record. Home state records are not accepted for the Bulgarian citizenship process.

For UK citizens, ACRO records are the required documentation. DBS records are not considered sufficient for this purpose.

Additional prerequisites for acquiring Bulgarian citizenship encompass:

  1. Medical Examinations for Bulgarian Citizenship:
  2. Bulgarian Language Proficiency Exam for Bulgarian Citizenship

If you require assistance in preparing your citizenship application documents, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for support.