The State of Emergency Measures Act introduces changes to the procedures for obtaining extended-term residence permits.
Foreigners whose long-term residence permits expire during the state of emergency may apply for a term extension within 14 days after the state of emergency has been lifted.
Foreigners whose long-term residence permits expire during the state of emergency may enter the country under a visa-free regime within 14 days after the emergency state is lifted.
The right of residence shall not be revoked for foreigners and their family members which have been absent for 12 consecutive months from the member state in which they are allowed to reside. Thus, if such persons leave Bulgaria during the state of emergency, they shall not be considered absent, and therefore their residence permit shall not be revoked.