You can enter, reside and work in Bulgaria as an intra-corporate transferee if you are a manager, specialist or trainee employee. The terms and conditions of admission are governed by the EU Directive on intra-corporate transfer (Articles 3 and 5 of Directive 2014/66/EU). If you satisfy the conditions, you will be issued an Intra-Corporate Transferee permit.
Please note that you may work in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria solely for a specific receiving enterprise or group of enterprises and solely on the positions of manager, specialist or trainee.
Please note that before being transferred from a company branch located outside of the EU to a branch in Bulgaria, you must have been employed by that company for a certain time period: if you are a manager - 12 months; a specialist - 12 months; a trainee - 6 months.
|Where and how to apply|
An application for an Intra-Corporate Transferee permit shall be submitted to the Migration Directorate or to the relevant Migration Department/Sector/Group at the Sofia Directorate or the Regional Directorates of the Ministry of the Interior. It may be submitted either by the employer, by an authorised person, or personally by the third-country national when the latter is already holder of a residence permit within 30 days before the expiration of the residence. The whole procedure, from submitting the application to obtaining a decision, is set out in Art. 33п of the Law on Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria.
Once there are grounds for authorising a prolonged residence of an intra-corporate transferee, for which fact you will receive a notification, you may apply to obtain a visa type D at the Bulgarian embassy or consulate in your home country.
Once you have arrived in Bulgaria with your valid visa (in case you need a visa to enter the country), you must also obtain a residence permit from the Migration Directorate.
To obtain a permit, you must provide:
|Duration of validity of permits|
The duration of your residence permit shall be 3 years for managers and specialists and 1 year for trainees.
Upon arrival, you have five days to notify your address of residence to the competent authorities.
Decisions related to residence permits can be challenged before the administrative courts.
|Change of status|
The right of stay of a third-country national in the Republic of Bulgaria will be revoked when grounds, laid down in case of Intra-corporate Transferees do not exist anymore - if the transferee no longer meets the requirements necessary for it.
The right of stay of a third-country national in the Republic of Bulgaria will be revoked when: it is established that the data presented for its obtaining are untrue.
The right of stay of a third-country national in the Republic of Bulgaria will be revoked when it is established that the holder of the permit of a person transferred during intra-corporate transfer is residing for purposes other than those, for which the residence permit has been given, as well as when the card holder has violated the conditions of access to the labour market under the Labour migration and labour mobility Act
Family members of a person relocated as a result of intra-corporate transfer shall be allowed to work under employment contracts and as freelance professionals in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria for the term of residence of the person relocated as a result of intra-corporate transfer, subject to compliance with the provisions of Article 33р of the Law on Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria, on the basis of a decision issued by the Executive Director of the Employment Agency granting them access to the labour market in compliance herewith.
Art. 33р. Family members of the permit holder who has been transferred during intra-corporate transfer, may obtain a permit for prolonged-term residence on the grounds of Art. 24, Para. 1, Item 13 for the term of residence of the holder, as long as they meet the conditions under Art. 24, Para. 2.
A person with an ICT permit benefits from equal treatment with Bulgarian nationals in what regards recognition of diplomas and professional qualifications; provisions regarding social security (with conditions); access to goods and services.
Upon the fulfilment of certain conditions you can, on the basis of an ICT permit issued in one EU country, work in other EU countries if the entity where you will work belongs to the same company. If the duration of your mobility is shorter than 90 days during a 180-day period you are subject to short-term mobility rules. If the duration of the mobility is longer than 90 days, you are instead subject to long-term mobility rules.
The following procedures apply if you have an ICT permit in an EU Member State and intend to move and work in Bulgaria.
A holder of a valid residence permit as an intra-corporate transferee, issued by a first Member State, has the right to stay in the Republic of Bulgaria as a second Member State for up to 90 days within any period of 180 days.
The host company in the first Member State shall, immediately after the admission of the person, notify the competent authorities of the first Member State and of the Republic of Bulgaria of the planned intra-corporate transfer to a company in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria within the validity period, if mobility is envisaged already at this stage.
The competent authorities of the first Member State shall notify the Republic of Bulgaria of the intended stay, its duration and the start and end dates and shall submit the following documents:
The planned stay may take place after the expiry of the period for any objection by the Migration Directorate - MoI to the first Member State, which may not be longer than 20 days from the receipt of the completed notification.
A holder of a valid residence permit as a person transferred for intra-corporate transfer, issued by a first Member State, has the right to stay for more than 90 days on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria as a second Member State, if he/she meets the conditions for access to the labour market under the Law on Labour Migration and Labour Mobility.
The holder of the authorisation shall be granted an intra-corporate transfer mobility authorisation in accordance with the requirements of Regulation (EC) № 1030/2002. In this case, the “remark” field shall indicate “mobile ICT”.
The Migration Directorate - MoI shall inform the competent authorities of the first Member State when issuing an Intra-Corporate Transfer mobility permit.
The first Member State shall inform the Ministry of the Interior when withdrawing an authorisation for a person transferred within an intra-corporate transfer.
The host company shall inform the Migration Directorate - MoI of any changes affecting the conditions on the basis of which mobility has been authorised when Bulgaria is the second Member State.
A holder of an intra-corporate transferee permit issued by a first Member State shall submit in person to the Migration Directorate or to a Migration Department / Sector / Group at the Sofia Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior or the regional directorates of the Ministry of the Interior an application form according to the rules on implementation of the Act, to which he/she attaches the documents:
Until the decision on the submitted application is made, the person has the right to work in Bulgaria, provided that the period for short-term mobility and the validity of the permit issued by the first Member State have not expired, as well as when the application is complete.
A holder of a valid residence permit as an intra-corporate transferee, issued by a first Member State with a permitted stay of less than 90 days, may apply for a residence permit for more than 90 days in the Republic of Bulgaria at least 20 days before the expiry of the originally permitted stay. An application for long-term mobility may not be submitted at the same time as a notification for short-term mobility.