To work as a posted worker in Bulgaria, you must obtain:
- a work permit, except in the following cases:
- if you are posted to Bulgaria by a foreign employer for 3 months within a 12-months period, you may accomplish specific tasks without a work permit on the grounds of one time registration with the Employment Agency in the following cases:
1. for fitting and guaranteeing repairs of delivered from abroad machinery and equipment;
2. for training in maintenance or for receiving commissioned equipment, machinery or other items;
3. for training courses in the framework of export agreement for delivery or licence agreement.
- if you are posted to Bulgaria by a foreign employer for specific tasks, related to control and coordination of the performance of a contract for touristic services between a foreign travel agency and a Bulgarian travel agency or hotel-keeper, you may work without a work permit for 6 months within 12 months on the grounds of one time registration with the Employment Agency. The registration should be done before the beginning of the employment and before foreigner’s entry on the territory of the country unless provided in an international agreement to which the Republic of Bulgaria is a signatory.
- a visa "type D"; and
- a residence permit.
The total number of foreign workers cannot exceed 10% of the average number of Bulgarian/EEA/Swiss citizens in the previous 12 months and those non-EU citizens already residing in Bulgaria on a long-term basis and are hired by the employer during the previous.
Where and how to apply
Work Permit (for the purposes of posting)
You must first obtain a work permit, except for the cases mentioned above.
Before your arrival, your host entity must apply for a work permit at the Employment Agency’s relevant local Directorate "Employment Office", where he is established.
The work permit is issued by the central administration of the Employment Agency, after application of the labour market test.
According to this test, the host entity must show that:
In the following cases there is no need of market test:
Visa "type D"
Once a work permit has been granted, you should apply for a visa "type D" at the Bulgarian embassy or consulate in your home country. The visa gives you the right to enter Bulgaria.
If you wish to stay in Bulgaria after your visa expires (generally for more than six months), you must also obtain a residence permit after you enter Bulgaria.
To obtain a work permit, you must show:
|Duration of validity of permits|
The work permit is valid for the period of posting, but no more than 1 year. The work permit’s validity can be extended for 12 months if due to force majeure the activity which he was sent for requires exceeding of the initial duration.The duration of the residence permit is aligned with the work permit. You must apply to renew it with the Migration Directorate no later than 14 days before it expires. Your residence permit will become invalid following expiry of your work permit.
|After you arrive, you have five days to notify your address of residence to the competent authorities.|
|Appeals||Decisions related to Single permits can be challenged before local administrative courts within 14 days.|
|More on visas|
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