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  • Bulgaria eased work permit requirements for high-skilled third-country nationals and EU Blue Card applicants on January 26, 2023


The government of Bulgaria reduced employment requirements for third-country nationals (nationals from countries outside of the European Union) on January 26, 2023. Under these changes, foreign nationals hired to work in a high-skilled profession must provide proof of one of the following qualifications:

  • A higher education degree or the equivalent of three years of relevant studies
  • Five years of work experience related to the education degree that would be relevant for the role

In addition, the government will relax application requirements for EU Blue Card holders. As a result, applicants may be permitted to provide proof of a certificate of experience as an alternative to an education degree.

The government also extended the maximum validity period for EU Blue Cards to five years and will now allow EU Blue Cards to be granted for a minimum period of six months.

What are the Changes?

The government of Bulgaria relaxed qualification requirements for third-country nationals applying for high-skilled work permits and for EU Blue Card applicants on January 26, 2023.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Bulgaria’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: The Bulgarian National Assembly

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