The Bulgarian Parliament has drafted legislative changes to simplify the procedure for the issuing of EU Blue Card – https://visaguide.world/europe/eu-blue-card/ the approved EU-wide work permit that allows specialists from outside the EU to live and work in Bulgaria.
The main amendment refers to the cancellation of the list of specific professions for which the employers are currently allowed to hire foreign specialists. Currently, 10 professions are on the list of occupations for which the blue card is issued, while according to the expected changes, the companies will be able to attract highly qualified foreign professionals for any occupation their business might need. Currently, the EU Blue Card for highly qualified employees is issued mainly to IT specialists.
According to the new rules, the validity of the EU Blue Card to increase to 4 years with no need of annual renewal of the card. The fee of BGN 400 to be reduced to BGN 100. The fee to the Ministry of Interior Affairs to be reduced as well, thus decreasing the overall administrative expenses to 245 leva. The market test for employers will no longer be part of the application procedure and the Blue Card to be issued within 40 days.