Note: This program was discontinued in March 2022.


Residence and Citizenship by Investment Program

The Bulgarian Residence and Citizenship by Investment Program provides a two-step, expedited route to Bulgarian citizenship. 

Along with Malta’s MEIN policy, the Bulgarian RCBI Program is the fastest and most direct investment-based route to EU citizenship. 

This Program Page is sponsored by New Balkans Law Office


Program at a glance

Program TypeSemi-Direct Citizenship Program
Time to citizenship2 years (fast-track option)
Time to permanent residency3-6 months
Minimum investmentBGN 1m (approx. EUR 512,000)
Physical presence requirementNone
Application processing time3-6 months
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to173 destinations, including Schengen
Contribution types availableBusiness Investment, Securities Investment, Fund Investment

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