Since its accession to the European Union (EU) in 2007 and in the context of the upcoming accession to the Schengen area, Bulgaria has become a more attractive destination for foreign nationals willing to acquire the status of residents in Bulgaria so that to enjoy freedom of movement and engage in business activities within the EU territory after the accession of the country to the Schengen community. There is also an increased number of foreign nationals applying for residence in the country on employment grounds due to their labour contracts with Bulgarian companies or due to secondments within the structure of transnational economic groups.

The Bulgarian legislation is almost fully harmonized with the European acquis, including the most recent provisions on the “European blue card” which provides for the free movement of highly qualified specialists within the EU. Of course, the legal framework takes into consideration the specific features of the permit procedures from the perspective of national security and the security of the EU external borders. These peculiarities call for substantial experience and knowledge of the matter not only because of the need for a positive final outcome but also because of the better planning and optimization of legal service costs.

Over the recent years, the PM&P team has gained experience in the provision of legal advice and assistance in obtaining temporary and permanent residence permits by foreign nationals on various grounds. The law firm represents business investors and their families, as well as seconded staff of its clients like Nokia Siemens, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Bulgaria, Carrefour Bulgaria, Knauf, Zagorka (Heineken) and other persons, including third country nationals coming from outside the EU.


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“Ivan Markov can “promptly offer a commercial solution” and “rolls up his sleeves even in small matters.”“