Timeline to get Bulgarian Citizenship by Investment

How long does it take to get Bulgarian citizenship by investment

Last Updated on May 6, 2024 by Bulgarian Citizenship Team

This article presents a sample timeline for obtaining Bulgarian citizenship by investment in a Bulgarian AIF in 2024, outlining the process in distinct phases and specifying the timeframes for each step as follows:

Step 1 – Pre-approval Stage

The Investment Agency completes the pre-approval stage within two and a half months after receiving the application. During this stage, you must prepare a specific set of documents. You will use some of these documents later for the D visa and permanent residency applications.

Step 2 – Investor D visa

After making the investment and receiving the investment certificate from the Investment Agency, the investor must apply for a D visa. The issuance of the investment certificate takes 2 weeks, and the processing time for the D visa application is approximately 30 business days.

Step 3 – Permanent residency

The local Migration Office processes applications for permanent residency within 2 months from the date of submission. The investor must schedule a one-business-day visit to Bulgaria to file the application in person, as remote applications are not permitted. Once approved, the investor must return to Bulgaria to provide biometrics and receive the residency card the next day.

Step 4 – Bulgarian citizenship

Investors seeking Bulgarian citizenship must maintain their investment for a minimum of five years and either successfully pass a language test or obtain an exemption before submitting their citizenship application. Citizenship applications are processed within a timeframe of 12 months.


How long does it take to get Bulgarian citizenship by investment?

The time to citizenship will be around 72 months including 5 years on permanent residency as required by the Citizenship Act.