Access to the labor market in Bulgaria for citizens of Ukraine



Citizens of Ukraine can access the Bulgarian labor market to work under the following simplified procedures:

The employment of Ukrainian citizens who have the necessary documents certifying their Bulgarian origin is regulated by registration with the Employment Agency. They must also have an employment contract with a local employer for a minimum period of 6 months. Further information on the procedure can be found here:/

Ukrainian citizens are entitled for up to 90 days of seasonal work in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, hotels and restaurants in Bulgaria without interruption within 12 months. This requires registration with the Employment Agency on basis of a declaration submitted by the employer. They must also hold a valid seasonal work visa, where required. The employer is obliged to provide the worker with adequate accommodation. Further information on the procedure can be found here:

The declaration of employment of Ukrainians, enjoying rights under the Asylum and Refugees Act is an obligation of the Bulgarian employer who has hired them under an employment contract. In this case, non-EU nationals must have a valid residence permit and employment contract with a local employer. Ukrainian citizens who have lodged an application for international protection and the procedure  has not been completed within three months of the lodging of the application for reasons beyond their control have the right to work in Bulgaria without a work permit until the procedure is completed. Further information can be found here:

Ukrainians and their family members who have been granted the right to asylum or international protection in Bulgaria have the right to work in Bulgaria without a permit for access to the labor market. People with refugee or humanitarian status can register as jobseekers with the Labour Office Directorate at their permanent or current address of residence.