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The rights of UK nationals and members of their families in Bulgaria after Brexit

25 March 2019 Events and Discussions

The government has proposed legislative amendments to the Law on Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria, which would allow UK nationals residing in Bulgaria and their family members to continue to enjoy their rights of residence after Brexit. To this end the draft legislation proposes a procedure for re-registration. 

The proposed legislation provides for reciprocal conditions to those the UK will offer to the EU citizens, including the Bulgarian citizens, who by 29 March 2019 have settled and have been residing legally in the United Kingdom.

The citizens of the United Kingdom and their family members, who by 29 March 2019 have been residing legally in the Republic of Bulgaria will have the right to apply for the new status. They will have until the end of 2020 to make their re-registration. In order to do so, they will have to submit an application in person to the Migration Directorate or one of the Regional Directorates of the Ministry of Interior, accompanied by the documents required under the legislation for the EU citizens for the respective type of residence.

There will be a one-month period after the submission of the application for issuing a residence permit. The candidates will be given a temporary permit for that period. The fee for issuing a residence permit will be the same as the fee for EU citizens for the same kind of service.

For more information on residence rights please follow the website of the Ministry of Interior.   

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