Expat Desk


Our specialists at the CMS Expat Desk provide cross-border advice to (global) companies about international employees, also known as "expats". The provided assistance is related to the employment law, visas, work permits (including EU Blue Cards & unified residence and work permits), tax, pension and social security matters:

  • advise on the required visas and permits to reside and work in Bulgaria both for expats and family members;
  • application of the documents for permits to reside and work in Bulgaria and coordination with the Migration authority and Employment Agency;
  • performance of labour market test;
  • registration of the employer as a social insurer at the Bulgarian National Revenue Agency;
  • review and implementation of mobility policies;
  • advise on international assignment services agreements;
  • expat agreements covering all employment related aspects such as the relocation to the country of origin;
  • intra-company transfers;
  • posting of employees;
  • tax optimisation and refunds;
  • termination of the expat agreement or international assignment services agreements;
  • employers tax obligation, multi state wage and income tax returns;
  • the applicable pension scheme and how to deal with pensions according to the Bulgarian law;
  • analysis of the applicable social security scheme(s) and the consequences thereof.


  • Zobele Holding SPA
  • ACWA Power International
  • Peregrine Immigration
  • GMR Airports Limited
  • Worldwide Consulting
  • SDN Company Ltd.
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Maya Aleksandrova
31 October 2018
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