ACT ON ENTERING, RESIDING AND LEAVING THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA BY EUROPEAN UNION CITIZENS, WHO ARE NOT BULGARIAN CITIZENS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS

§. 1. "Member of the family of a European Union citizen" is

a) (amend. - SG 97/17) a person, who is married to or is in factual cohabitation with European Union citizen, certified by an official document issued by another Member State of the European Union;

b) (amend. – SG 21/12) a relative of descending line of an European Union citizen, who is not a Bulgarian citizen and has not accomplished twenty-one years of age, or is a person for whom he/she provides maintenance, or is a descendant of a person under Letter "a";

c) (amend. – SG 21/12) a relative of ascending line, for whom the European Union citizen or a person under Letter "a" provides maintenance.

2. (amend. – SG 69/08; amend. – SG 93/09, in force from 25.12.2009; suppl. – SG 21/12; amend. – SG 53/14; amend. – SG, 14/2015) "Durable residence certificate" is a document, issued by the Directorate "Migration" – MI, CDI or the regional directorates of MI or officials authorised by the directors, which certifies the right of durable residence of European Union citizen in the Republic of Bulgaria.

3. (amend. – SG 69/08; amend. – SG 93/09, in force from 25.12.2009; suppl. – SG 21/12; amend. – SG 53/14; amend. – SG, 14/2015) "Permanent residence certificate" is a document, issued by the Directorate "Migration" – MI, CDI or the regional directorates of MI, or official authorised by the directors, which certifies the right of permanent residence of European Union citizen in the Republic of Bulgaria.

4. (suppl. – SG 21/12) "Durable residence card of a family member of a Union citizen" is a document, issued by the competent authority which certifies the right of durable residence of a member of family, who is not European Union citizen.

5. (suppl. – SG 21/12) "Permanent residence card of a family member of a Union citizen" is a document, issued by the competent authority which certifies the right of permanent residence of a member of family of European Union citizen, who is not European Union citizen.

6. "Important reasons" are pregnancy and childbirth, serious disease, education or vocational training.

7. (new – SG 14/18) "Dependent person" is the spouse of a serviceman or of a member of the civilian component of a NATO structure located in the Republic of Bulgaria, as well as the persons, to whom the serviceman or the member of the civilian component exercises parental, guardianship or custody rights, or is required to provide maintenance under the legislation of the sending State. 

Last edited: 28.02.2019