Bulgarian Parliament approves revised law on citizenship for foreign investors

Bulgaria’s Parliament voted on February 13 2013 to amend anew the Investment Promotion Act in response to a veto by President Rossen Plevneliev of earlier amendments, with MPs now agreeing to changes creating consistency in the new law and lowering the thresholds for giving Bulgarian citizenship to foreign investors.

A person who has been given permanent residence on the basis of investment in Bulgaria, in the form of no less than 500 000 leva in the capital of a Bulgarian-registered company, and has had this status for a year will be eligible for citizenship.

The new amendments specify investment sums much lower than those required in the initial version of the changes, that were sent back for reconsideration by Plevneliev.

The new version is that an investor who has put 600 000 leva into Bulgarian property, 500 000 leva into a firm creating at least 10 jobs or 250 000 leva into a company that creates at least five jobs in an economically underdeveloped region of Bulgaria will be eligible to apply for permanent residence.

Read the full article here.

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