What is a Visa?

Basic information


A visa (from the Latin charta visa, meaning “paper that has to be seen”) is a conditional authorization granted by a polity to a foreigner that allows them to enter, remain within, or to leave its territory. Visas typically include limits on the duration of the foreigner’s stay, areas within the country they may enter, the dates they may enter, the number of permitted visits, or if the individual has the ability to work in the country in question. Visas are associated with the request for permission to enter a territory and thus are, in most countries, including Bulgaria, distinct from actual formal permission for an alien to enter and remain in the country. In each instance, a visa is subject to entry permission by an immigration official at the time of actual entry and can be revoked at any time.

Applying for a visa is a long and complex process that has a number of features. The many documents that are prepared for the application can create confusion and even the slightest mistake in preparing the documentation can lead to failure in the application procedure.

With us – the EMIGR8 team, applying for a visa is easier and in case all preliminary criteria are met then success is guaranteed.

Bulgaria and the Common Visa Policy of the European Union

The Republic of Bulgaria applies the Common Visa Policy of the European Union under the terms of the Accession Treaty of 1 January 2007.

According to the Act on the Conditions of Accession of the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania, the provisions of the Schengen acquis set out in Annex II to the Act are binding and apply in the Republic of Bulgaria from the date of accession (1.01.2007), and the rest are being implemented from the date of the Council decision on our accession to the Schengen area.

In order to meet the Schengen criteria, all necessary actions have been taken to timely bring the national legislation in line with the European one, update our internationally agreed legal basis, provide the necessary modern technical equipment and infrastructure and strengthen administrative capacity. Best practices of EU Member States are taken under consideration and are applied within the respective procedures.

Currently, Bulgaria issues only national visas, which do not give the right to enter the Schengen area.


What kind of Visas are there?

There are different types of Visas which are required in accordance with the relevant need of the applicant.


Types of visas