The Government adopted changes to the procedure of obtaining an EU Blue Card, helping employers in Bulgaria to attract highly qualified specialists from non-EU countries. Under the new terms, the cards will have a longer period of validity and will be issued under a simplified procedure and lower fees.
The main changes include:
The amendments are part of the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act and the Labor Migration and Labor Mobility Act and concern employers who want to hire employees with a higher education diploma, who are specialists in a certain area. In 2016, a total of 195 EU blue cards were issued, mainly for positions in the IT sector, engineers and managers. Most of the cards were issued to citizens of Ukraine, Russia, Macedonia, India, China and the USA.