I've just received this information in response to questions concerning obtaining Bulgarian citizenship and dual nationality which were put to the Ambassador yesterday -
Applications for Bulgarian citizenship are dealt with by the Ministry of Justice. The terms, conditions and application forms are available at https://newweb.mjs.bg/en/list-of-documents/#art_12
. Please check directly with the Ministry what the steps will be to apply for Bulgarian citizenship.
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Conditions for applying for naturalisation:
Ø Being over 18
Ø Having a long-term or permanent residency in Bulgaria for at least 5 years
Ø Not convicted (or investigated) in Bulgaria
Ø Having sufficient income/means
Ø Good command of Bulgarian language (language exam regulated by the Ministry of Education)
Ø Previous citizenship should be renounced except for:
• Those married to a Bulgarian national
• Citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland
• Citizens of countries with which Bulgaria has reciprocal agreements