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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is based upon the Law on Bulgarian Citizenship, dated November 1998.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Bulgaria does not automatically confer citizenship. The exception is a child born in Bulgaria to unknown or stateless parents.

BY DESCENT: Child, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Bulgaria, regardless of the country of birth.

OTHER: The following are eligible for Bulgarian citizenship through other than the normal naturalization process: A stateless person, one of whose parents is of Bulgarian descent. A child under 14, adopted by Bulgarian parents. Refugees fleeing persecution. Persons who have greatly contributed to Bulgarian society.

BY NATURALIZATION: Bulgarian citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following condition: Person has resided legally in Bulgaria for at least five years.



VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Bulgarian citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Bulgarian Embassy for details and proper paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of naturalized citizenship:

Naturalized citizenship was obtained through fraud or false statement. This revocation only affects the person who made the false statements. The person's spouse and children may retain Bulgarian citizenship.

Person commits criminal acts against the security of the state outside of Bulgaria.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the address below:

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria Consular Office 1621 22nd St., NW Washington, DC 20008

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-387-7969 Fax: 202-234-7973



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