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ETIAS – Complete Information About New Authorisation System

A new electronic authorization system is available to be used for those countries having a Schengen zone. ETIAS is a system, which is provided to the travelers for the short-term visa with the validity of 90 days.

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British Are Once Again Interested In Buying Bulgarian Properties

Bulgaria returns to the top 10 of the overseas property buying sites in 2019 in the UK aplaceinthesun.com rating platform, quoted by the newspaper "Bulgarian News".

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Cabinet approves changes to golden visa scheme

The citizenship-by-investment scheme’s contribution to economic growth in the past three years was just 1.2 per cent of 13 percentage points, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said Wednesday, as the cabinet tightened procedures for applicants to the programme, which has been criticised by the EU as lacking transparency.

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Bulgaria Justice Ministry simplifies citizenship acquisition process

Bulgaria’s Justice Ministry said on January 16 that it has simplified the process of acquiring Bulgarian citizenship, reducing the amount of paperwork required from candidates and speeding up the proceedings, but the new rules will not apply to applicants who are currently mid-process.

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Bulgaria may join Schengen area next year

German politician Manfred Weber, the leader of the European Popular Party (EPP) group, the biggest in the European Parliament, who aims to become president of the European Commission (EC) next year, said Bulgaria could join the Schengen area in 2019, according to the Bulgarian media, local Mediafax reported.

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Highly skilled British people could work in the EU after Brexit under expanded visa scheme, claims report

The analysis by Migration Watch says the proposed expansion of the 'Blue Card' scheme could 'provide opportunities for British nationals to work in the EU even without any special agreement following the Brexit negotiations'

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Destination Cyprus: Asian Funds Make Island Their Europe Gateway

For many investments funds from Asia, Cyprus has become a gateway to Europe.

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Why India's Richest Are Seeking Citizenship In Cyprus

Cyprus offers the quickest route to European citizenship through the investment program

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Citizenship-by-investment programme - a legal overview

In 2014 Cyprus was ranked the fifth-best relocation destination in the world by an international lifestyle review. Cyprus was the only European location alongside Switzerland to make it into the top five – ahead of London, Madrid and Monaco.

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Cyprus to step up security checks in cash-for-citizenship scheme

After criticism of the scheme applicants will be subjected to more rigorous vetting process.

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Bulgaria’s Government Debt to GDP Ratio Down to 25.4%

Bulgaria’s Parliament on 25th of April reported that Bulgaria retained its leading position of lowest indebtedness in Europe.

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Bulgaria granted citizenship to 1626 people in 2016, 30 per cent to Russians – Eurostat

Bulgaria granted citizenship to 1626 people in 2016, an increase of 28 per cent compared with 2015, European Union statistics agency Eurostat said on April 9 2018.

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Bulgaria tops global ranking of real estate investment growth - C&W

Investments in Bulgarian real estate rose the most among 59 countries worldwide in 2017, according to a recent Cushman and Wakefield report.

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Bulgarian IDs Will Be Carrying Electronic Information About Their Owners Starting 2019

New changes to the Law for Bulgarian Identity Documents (LBID) are foreseeing the integration of Electronic Information Carriers(ENI) into ID Cards and international passports.

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Bulgaria real estate prices rose 6 to 8% in 2017 – agency

Property prices across Bulgaria rose steadily from six to eight per cent in 2017, Kaloyan Bogdanov, marketing manager of real estate agency Address, said in an interview with public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television.

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Britons and EU citizenship after Brexit

City Law School Law Lecturer, Dr Adrienne Yong, comments on the citizenship status of approximately 1.3m UK-born persons now resident in EU countries, to be determined in an upcoming ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU).

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Bulgaria at the helm of the EU presidency

The EU as a whole has entered a critical phase in its history as it comes to terms with one of its most prominent Member States negotiating its exit whilst continuing to work on stabilising its economy.

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Opportunities for Wealthy Migrants in Bulgaria

Bulgaria, located in South-East Europe, has a attractive residence and citizenship program. Unlike in other countries all descendants of a Bulgarian citizen are entitled to citizenship.

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Brexit – a guide to the status of EU citizens in the UK

ON 8 DECEMBER 2017, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE EU COMMISSION REACHED AN AGREEMENT ON EU CITIZENS’ RIGHTS FOLLOWING THE UK’S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE EU. WE SET OUT BELOW A SUMMARY OF THE KEY POINTS FOR BOTH EU CITIZENS AND UK EMPLOYERS TO BE AWARE OF. CONTRIBUTOR ALAN KENNEDY, ASSOCIATE AT TRANSATLANTIC LAW FIRM WOMBLE BOND DICKINSON

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Bulgaria takes over rotating EU presidency

Bulgaria took over the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union(EU) on Monday.

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A Practical Alternative To The EB5 Program For Investors To Immigrate To The U.S.A.

For some time now potential EB5 immigrant investors have been awaiting new minimum investment requirements from the U.S. government.

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Bulgarian Parliament lengthens validity of EU Blue Card for work and residence to four years

Bulgaria’s National Assembly voted on November 23 to approve the second reading of amendments to laws on the EU Blue Card residence and work permit to lengthen the validity from the current one to four years.

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Dual Citizenship: How to Travel Safely With Multiple Passports

Not only it’s safe, but it’s one hundred percent legal to carry more than one passport.

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Important Information for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens travelling to Canada on or after December 1, 2017

Starting at 4 p.m. EET (9 a.m. ET) on December 1, 2017, Canada intends to lift the visa requirements for all Romanians and Bulgarians. At that point, all citizens of Romania and Bulgaria would no longer need a visa to travel to Canada.

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European parliament contradicts UK claim on deal on citizens' rights

Letter to both negotiating teams challenges assertion deal ‘within touching distance’ as it warns major issues need to be addressed.

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Your Passport Is Way More Complex Than You Think

There's more to that little book than meets the eye.

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Bulgaria cuts red tape in process of issuing identity cards and passports

Bulgaria’s government decided on October 18 to reduce the requirements regarding documents to be submitted when applying for the issuing or replacement of identity cards and passports.

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UK to begin registering EU nationals for 'settled status' by end of 2018

Amber Rudd says Home Office’s default position will be to accept applications from 3 million EU citizens living in Britain

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The Largest Bank in the World will Explore Investment Projects in Bulgaria

Representatives of SINO - CEEF capital, part of the world's largest bank, the Chinese ICBC, will be visiting Bulgaria to explore projects with investment potential. This is reported by the press center of the Ministry of Economy.

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Bulgaria Ranks Eighth in Europe in Income from Rented Properties

Bulgaria is ranked eighth in Europe in income from rented property, the online edition simplybusiness.co.uk reports, referring to WorldFirst payment group calculations.

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Brexit: Are more British nationals applying for dual nationality in the EU?

Tens of thousands more UK citizens applied for citizenship in other EU countries in the 12 months after the Brexit vote than in the previous year, according to data obtained by the BBC.

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The European Commission Calls for Bulgaria and Romania's Immediate Entry in Schengen

The European Commission calls for the Council of the EU to approve Bulgaria and Romania's entry in the Schengen border-free zone.

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EU citizens will not be fingerprinted or need ID cards, say officials

Campaigners are sceptical of Home Office reassurance that comes weeks after leaked document suggested new rules would apply.

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All Highly-Skilled Specialists Will Be Eligible for EU Blue Card

Legislative amendments will make all highly-skilled specialists eligible for a EU Blue Card in Bulgaria, said Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov on Tuesday.

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Germany and France want to 'suspend' open border-rule amid growing terror concerns

German and French officials are pressing for the right to suspend passport-free border rules for up to four years amid growing concern about terrorism and illegal immigration, leaked documents revealed today.

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Home Office leak shows unpicking of EU nationals' family reunion rights

The leaked Home Office document on Britain’s post-Brexit immigration policy spells out for the first time how ending the jurisdiction of the European court of justice will weaken family reunion rights for EU nationals in Britain.

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Latest news on the new EU Blue Card Directive

On June 15th, the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, voted the amendments to the proposal for a new EU Blue Card Directive.

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Bulgarian Citizenship will be Acquired with Less Paperwork

The Ministry of Justice proposed on Tuesday a series of changes aimed at easing the procedures for applicants for Bulgarian citizenship. The main change is that the administration will make official checks on the status of the candidates and they will not be burdened with the obligation to collect some of the documents

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Bulgarian, Chinese officials discuss expanding technology, economic cooperation

Officials between China and Bulgaria have met to discuss cooperation expansion between the two sides on economy, trade and technology, Bulgaria's Ministry of Economy said in a statement on Thursday.

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Federal Immigration: EB-5 and the RAISE Act

On August 1, 2017, Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and David Perdue (R-Georgia) introduced a bill to significantly cut legal immigration. The bill is called the RAISE Act and it stands for Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act. The bill has President Trump’s support.

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UK confirms Brexit will end free movement of EU citizens

Downing Street statement comes after days of growing divisions among cabinet ministers.

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MAPPED: EU nations where migrants may have to ditch citizenship to stay in UK after Brexit

THOUSANDS of Europeans could be forced to ditch their nationality to stay in Britain for good after the UK unshackles itself from the European Union (EU).

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EU citizens will still be allowed to come to live and work in UK after Brexit, Home Secretary reveals

EU citizens will still be allowed to come to the UK to live and work after Brexit as long as they register with the Home Office, Amber Rudd has announced.

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EU introduce new "blue card" for legal migrants

On Wednesday, July 26, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Council of the EU agreed on a draft directive concerning the conditions of entry and residence for highly skilled workers arriving in the EU from third countries (the Blue Card Directive).

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Bulgaria is Among the Top 28 countries in the World in Regards to Peace and Safety

In the Global Peace Index for 2017, the country is placed in the 28th place, with nearly 90 positions before the United States, Deutsche Welle said.

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Bulgaria's Coalition Government to Table Amendments to Speed up the Process of Granting Citizenship

Bulgaria's coalition government is to table in the National Assembly proposed amendments to the Bulgarians Abroad Act and the Bulgarian Citizenship Act to speed up the process of granting citizenship to applicants from non-EU countries, quoted by the Independent Balkan News Agency. Principal beneficiaries are expected to be those claiming Bulgarian citizenship by descent.

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Insurance Is the Hot New Way to Avoid Taxes

The new hot thing in tax avoidance has a boring old name: insurance dedicated funds. Introduced in the 2000s, IDFs have become so mainstream that banks such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are offering them. Hedge funds like Paulson & Co. and Israel Englander’s Millennium Partners LP have been managing them for years.

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Safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK

Following the referendum on 23 June 2016, the right to live in the UK for over 3 million EU nationals was suddenly cast into doubt.

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PM: EU nationals can stay after Brexit

Speaking in the House of Commons, the prime minister outlined what will happen to EU nationals. No EU citizen in the UK will have to leave as a result of Brexit, according to assurances from prime minister Theresa May.

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Blue Card: attracting highly-skilled foreign workers to EU

MEPs are working on updating rules to make it easier to attract highly-skilled workers to the EU. Find out more by watching our interview with Claude Moraes.

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Why You Should Consider An E-2 Visa Rather Than An EB-5 Green Card

In this article I propose to provide a visual summary of the difference between the E-2 work visa and the EB5 green card to explain why the E-2 visa may be a better choice for you as an investor immigrant. (For those unfamiliar with these immigration options, see my previous article here and requirements here for the E-2 visa. See my previous article here and the requirements here for the EB-5 program.)

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The future of the EU migration policy

EU countries have agreed to develop a common immigration policy to ensure that legal migration to the EU is well managed, to improve integration measures for migrants and their families and to enhance cooperation with migrants' countries.

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Does Immigration Help or Hurt Local Economies?

Historically, where immigrants cluster in the U.S., prosperity follows.
Based on the research of Nathan Nunn, Nancy Qian and Sandra Sequeira

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Why citizenship is now a commodity

As more people are willing to move countries for opportunity and stability, anti-immigration policies and tightened borders are prompting a rise in ‘citizenship for sale’.

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Tomorrow's smart city begins in South European country

A massive development in the capital of Bulgaria will showcase the latest high-tech innovations for both offices and residences, Zhuan Ti reports.

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99% of those given Bulgarian citizenship in 2015 were from outside EU – Eurostat

Ninety-nine per cent of those granted Bulgarian citizenship in 2015 were from non-EU countries, the bloc’s statistics agency Eurostat said in a new report. That year, a total of 1275 people became Bulgarian citizens.

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Life beyond H-1B: Indians can easily try L1 and EB5 visas, suggest experts

NEW DELHI: The cap for US H-1B visas for 2018 may have been reached but immigration experts say that Indian applicants, who form the majority of the recipients of such visas, have other options as well – such as the L1 and EB5 visas.

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Highly skilled British people could work in the EU after Brexit under expanded visa scheme, claims report

The analysis by Migration Watch says the proposed expansion of the

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Event Report: Migration of skilled workers – the revision of the EU Blue Card Directive

On 7 March 2017 the European Movement International organised a parliamentary debate on the revision of the EU Blue Card Directive.

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Why Immigration Doesn’t Hurt the Economy and Boosts Productivity

It is often argued that migrants displace native workers in the labour market and lower wages. However, newly published researches show that immigrant workers increase productivity and have no negative effects on unemployment and wages.

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Blue Card Redux: European Commission Plan to Recast Work Permit for Highly Skilled Holds Question Marks

The European Commission plan unveiled this week to recast the Blue Card would mandate more favorable entry and residence conditions (including on intra-EU mobility) for highly skilled workers from outside Europe.

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EU Blue Card Visa relaunch planned by European Union

The European Union (EU) unveiled proposals on Tuesday, 7 June to revive a work permit scheme, with a similar name to the US green card, in a bid to restrict what officials describe as "irregular migration" across the EU's 28 member states, according to a report published by Reuters.

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Bulgaria Granted Citizenship to 900 Foreigners in 2014 - Eurostat

According to the latest figures of Eurostat released on Monday, Bulgaria granted citizenship to 900 foreign nationals in 2014.

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Europe is underachieving in the global competition for talent

07/06/2016 - The European Union should reform its legal labour migration policies to get its fair share of the global talent pool, according to a new report published by the OECD.

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EU to loosen work permits to try to boost skilled worker numbers

Blue card changes, which do not apply to UK, part of plans also aimed at stemming migration from Africa and Middle East

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Bulgaria is the Best Second Passport in the EU

I believe the best second passport in the EU is from Bulgaria. Bulgaria’s passport is not be the most powerful travel document… that’s clearly Austria… but it gets you into the European Union with an investment of “only” $1.2 million and is a solid choice. Bulgaria is the best second passport in the EU based on the quality of the passport and price.

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Bulgaria EU Blue Card For Highly Skilled Professionals

The employment agency of Bulgaria introduced the work permit programs for the non-EU citizen to remove the barriers of hiring skilled workers and the talented individuals. The program is helpful to improve the work force and labor market.

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116,222 Foreigners Got Bulgarian Passports from 2001 to Mid 2015

A total of 116 222 foreigners have received Bulgarian citizenship in the period between 2001 and May 2015. The information has been confirmed by the Ministry of Justice.

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2953 Foreigners Granted Bulgarian Citizenship Since Start of 2015

A total of 2953 foreign citizens were granted Bulgarian citizenship in the first five months of the year.

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Blue card for non-eu citizens in Bulgaria

Representatives of Bulgarian businesses request the relevant authorities to speed up the process of issuing blue cards.

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Foreign Businessmen Invested BGN 43 M in Return for Bulgarian Passports

Foreign businessmen invested BGN 43 M in the Bulgarian budget in 2014 in order to obtain passports and be granted a right to live in the country.

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EU "Blue Card" to target skilled

The European Commission has unveiled a Blue Card for skilled immigrants, based on the US Green Card.

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