You may come to Bulgaria as a researcher if you have a contract with a research organisation to conduct a research within a research project. You do not need work permit.
You must obtain:
- a visa, if needed; and
- a residence permit.
|Where and how to apply|
Once you have obtained a signed hosting agreement for the purposes of development of a research project with a research organisation based in the Republic of Bulgaria, you must obtain a visa "type D" at the 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 after you enter Bulgaria.
To obtain a visa, you must submit the following documents:
|Duration of validity of permits||The duration of your residence permit is aligned to the duration of your hosting agreement for the purposes of development of a research project with a research organisation based in the Republic of Bulgaria, for a maximum of one year with the possibility of renewal.|
|After you arrive, you have five days to notify your address of residence to the competent authorities.|
|Appeals||Decisions related to researcher permits can be challenged before local administrative courts within 14 days.|
|Change of research|
You are not allowed to change hosting agreements and/ or research organisations. A new application must be submitted.
After finishing the research project, you have the right to seek and start work and to use intermediation employment services for a period of 9 months, if you submit an application for registration to the Employment Agency within 7 business days.
|Employment||You are not entitled to employment outside your research in the Republic of Bulgaria.|
If you have been accepted as a researcher in another Member State of the European Union you can conduct part of your research in the Republic of Bulgaria for a period of up to 180 days in each 360-day period on the basis of a contract concluded with a research organisation in the first Member State. In such cases, the research organisation in the first Member State shall notify the competent authorities of the first Member State and of the Republic of Bulgaria of the planned mobility in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria within the validity term of the permit.
You may be issued a permit if you have a valid residence permit issued by another Member Sate and you intend to carry out part of your research in a research organisation in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, for a period longer than 180 days but not longer than two years.