Youth volunteers who are nationals of third countries may obtain permission to reside in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria in order to be involved in youth volunteering within the European Voluntary Service in accordance with Art. 24, para 1, item 21 of the Law on Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria.
You need to conclude an agreement with a host organisation in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.
The agreement must include:
- a description of the activity;
- the duration;
- the place of implementation;
- the control over the implementation;
- the terms and conditions for covering the subsistence and accommodation costs of the volunteer;
- the preliminary training the volunteer shall undergo.
The validity term of the permit under Art. 24o, para 1 shall take into account the duration of the agreement with the receiving organisation, and shall not exceed one year.
You must obtain:
- a long-stay visa ("type D"), if needed; and
- a residence permit.
Where and how to apply
Once you have signed an agreement with a host organisation in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, you must 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.
In order to obtain the right of prolonged residence (residence permit), the third-country national shall personally submit, to the Migration Directorate - MoI or the relevant Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Interior, an application form to which he/she shall attach the following:
Duration of validity of permits
The duration of your residence permit is aligned with the duration of your agreement but no more than one year.
After you arrive, you have five days to notify your address of residence to the competent authorities.
Decisions related to permits can be challenged before local administrative courts within 14 days.
Prolonged residence permit may be obtained by members of the family of a third-country national who has received a prolonged residence— where the documents certifying the family relations and the right to maintenance have been recognised or admitted for execution under the Bulgarian legislation.
For this purpose, an application for family reunification should be submitted to the Migration Directorate or the relevant Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Interior by the third-country national with a residence permitted for at least one year on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria to which he/she applies: evidence of stable, regular, planned and sufficient means to support family members without resorting to the system of social assistance, in the amount not less than the minimum monthly salary or the minimum pension for the country, for the period of residence on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. Such evidence may be a declaration, bank statement and others, certifying the availability of sufficient financial resources.
In accordance with the provision of Art. 24d(1) of the Law on Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria (LFRB), a long-term residence status shall be granted to a third-country national who has resided legally and without interruption on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria within 5 years before submitting the application for a long-term residence permit. After its acquisition, the status of long-term residence is permanent, insofar as no grounds have arisen for its revocation under Art. 40 LFRB.
The periods of residence of the third-country nationals who are members of staff of diplomatic missions or consular representations or of representations of international organisations accredited in the Republic of Bulgaria, and members of their families and to persons residing exclusively on a temporary basis, such as au pair workers, seasonal workers, cross-border service providers, workers or employees posted by a service provider to provide cross-border services, or where their residence permit is formally limited, are not taken into account when calculating the period of residence under Paragraph 1.
When calculating the period of residence under Paragraph 1, only half of the time of residence of the third-country nationals as students, pupils or trainees on the grounds of Art. 24c LFRB, shall be taken into account.
Only the periods of residence of the persons referred to as above shall not be taken into account.
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