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Bulgarian Work Permits for Non-E.U Members

For non EU members who want to be employed in Bulgaria, an application must be made to the Employment agency in order to get a work permit.

If you have applied for a job position to an employer then it will be their responsibility to apply on your behalf.

Before an employer can accept a non EU citizen, he must first prove that he has been seeking workforce via the labour market for a minimum of 15 days and this should include the employment agency, job centres and advertising in the media. He must then give a full explanation as to why he could not employ a Bulgarian or EU member including also citizens of Switzerland and of the European Economic Area Treaty.

The employer then has to prove that his foreign applicant possesses the relevant qualifications and education required to carry out his duties related to the job, and that there are no other citizens of countries mentioned in the previous paragraph that are resident in Bulgaria and actively seeking employment of the same position.

When all these requirements have been met then the application can proceed by filing an application for a work permit at the Job Centre. The employer has to present the following information and documents:

1. Application - declaration - two copies of a form established by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy;
2. Reason for applying;
3. Three photos of the applicant;
4. Copy of the registration document, this can be an EIK.
5. Legalised Proof of education, skills and professional qualifications.
6. Declarations of the applicant in the form of a passport to include proof of their citizenship date of birth and any residence permits if they have one.
7. An employment contract made within the terms of Bulgarian law and signed by the parties involved.

More information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Labour and Social Police