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Working in Bulgaria. Work permit. How to apply? Retiring in the EU.


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Working in the European Union is a challenge, but a very rewarding one. Finding a good job is difficult everywhere, however the opportunities in all of the 28 EU member states are endless. From the frozen valleys of Sweden to the green vineyard fields of Italy, from the windy shores of England to the vibrant cities of Bulgaria - the EU has it all; no matter what is your area of expertise, the European Union can offer you everything. On top of that, it is well known that the level of remuneration is substantially higher in the EU than in most other countries. That is mainly the reason why there are so many applicants willing to immigrate and start a new life in Europe and of course, find new job.

assistance for working in EU Unfortunately, as we already stated, for a non-EU citizen, working in the EU is a challenge - mainly a bureaucratic one. As a general rule, it is illegal to work without a work permit. As our experience show, obtaining one on your own is almost impossible. Counting on your employer for assistance is a very fragile hope, as most of the employers will prefer to hire someone who doesn't need the work permit, thereby eliminating the required paperwork and additional cost involved.

So how can we help? You are probably asking yourself the logical question: "How can I get Bulgarian work permit? How can I legally work in Bulgaria and in the EU as a whole?"

There are mainly 3 instances when our services are being requested. The first one is when the employer (the company which hires the foreign personnel) contacts us with request for assistance and then we provide professional advisory in order to arrange the work permit for their employees. The second instance is when a non-EU national has already found his dream job and is contracting us to assist in arranging his work permit. And lastly, there are instances, when we are contacted by employers who are looking for certain number of employees with some qualifications. Please note however, that we are not an employment agency and will not act as an employment agent under any circumstances. We are advising Bulgarian employers interested to hire foreign nationals and foreign job seekers with the clarification of the Bulgarian Employment law and procedures.

Bulgarian work permit So how is the Bulgarian work permit being obtained? Non-EU citizens have the right to work in Bulgaria only after a National Employment Agency work permit is issued. The permit must be requested by the employer, who in turn is authorizing our company to act on his behalf. Applications are submitted to the local branch of the Employment Agency of the foreigner's work place in Bulgaria.

As a general rule, work permits are issued to foreigner's who possess specific skills or specialized knowledge that can not be found on the national labour market, to those wishing to be self-employed or if they have been commissioned by a foreign employer to provide services in Bulgaria. There are of course, many legal options available in order to make the application for work permit in Bulgaria a pleasant experience.

The work permit is issued for a fixed period, usually one year. Under specific conditions, the work permit can be renewed for another three years for executive personnel and managerial positions. Once the work permit is issued this provides a basis for the Bulgarian Consular representations abroad to issue a visa, valid for the same length of time.

Work permits are not required for foreigners with permanent residence status in Bulgaria or those who have been granted asylum or other humanitarian status.

In our services section, you will find that work permit is legal ground for obtaining long term type D visa for Bulgaria. So in many cases, this is your first call of action.

The EU adopts directives which its member countries incorporate in national law and implement. This means that it is national authorities - labour inspectorates and courts, for example - that enforce the rules. Whenever a dispute before a national court raises a question of how to interpret an EU directive, the court can refer the issue to the Court of Justice of the EU. The European Court then gives the national court the answers it needs to resolve the dispute.

Our specialists will assist and advise you so you can receive the relevant work permit, based on your residence status or application.

The Commission checks that EU directives are incorporated into national law and ensures through systematic monitoring that the rules are correctly implemented. When the Commission considers that an EU country has not incorporated a directive into national law correctly, it may decide to start infringement proceedings. In this way, it ensures that all the rights set out in the directives are available in national law. However, the Commission cannot procure redress to individual citizens (i.e. compensate damages or set a situation right) - that is up to the competent national authorities. With over 240 million workers in the European Union, EU labour law rights benefit large numbers of people directly and have a positive impact on one of the most important and tangible areas of their daily lives.

EU help and budget EU labour law also benefits employers and society as a whole by:

  • providing a clear framework of rights and obligations in the workplace;
  • protecting the health of the workforce;
  • promoting sustainable economic growth;