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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31 October 2018
EU Blue Cards - a way for Qual­i­fied For­eign Em­ploy­ees to work in Bul­garia
14 April 2020
EU gov­ern­ments re­spond­ing with dy­nam­ic meas­ures to sup­port em­ploy­ees and...
Con­fron­ted with the pro­spect of eco­nom­ic col­lapse in re­sponse to both the pan­dem­ic and re­stric­tions put in place to pro­tect cit­izens (e.g. quar­ant­ines, shop clos­ures, and re­stric­tions on travel), gov­ern­ments...
Bul­gari­an Par­lia­ment Passes the La­bour Mi­gra­tion and La­bour Mo­bil­ity Act
02 April 2020
Bul­gari­an Gov­ern­ment ad­opts wage sub­sidies to sup­port busi­ness dur­ing crisis
On 30 March 2020, the Bul­gari­an gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced wage sub­sidies to help avoid lay­offs due to the coronavir­us crisis across dif­fer­ent sec­tors of the eco­nomy by ad­opt­ing a De­cree on the Con­di­tions...
13 March 2020
Coronavir­us – key con­sid­er­a­tions for em­ploy­ers in CEE
The situ­ation with Cov­id-19 (Coronavir­us) is still de­vel­op­ing, but there are some key is­sues that em­ploy­ers should be aware of. Be­low we present guidelines for the CEE re­gion. 1. Can the em­ploy­er or­der...
05 March 2020
Coronavir­us and the GDPR – pri­vacy ad­vice for com­pan­ies
When in­tro­du­cing meas­ures for em­ploy­ees, vis­it­ors and con­tract­ors to re­spond to the coronavir­us threat, com­pan­ies must choose pro­ced­ures that min­im­ise both the risk of in­fec­tion and pri­vacy non-com­pli­ance....
04 March 2020
Coronavir­us - key con­sid­er­a­tions for em­ploy­ers world­wide
The situ­ation with Cov­id-19 (Coronavir­us) is still de­vel­op­ing and is be­ing fol­lowed world­wide with great in­terest and ob­vi­ous con­cern. In this brief­ing, we con­sider some of the key is­sues that em­ploy­ers...
24 February 2020
Bul­gari­an in­tern­al in­vest­ig­a­tions reg­u­lated by col­lec­tion of laws and best...
Whis­tleblower series: Bul­garia No single law gov­erns how an in­tern­al cor­por­ate in­vest­ig­a­tion of cor­rup­tion or wrong­do­ing can be con­duc­ted in Bul­garia. Yet when faced with al­leg­a­tions of wrong­do­ing in...
05 November 2019
Whis­tleblow­ing Dir­ect­ive ad­op­ted by the EU Coun­cil
On 7 Oc­to­ber 2019, the EU Coun­cil ap­proved the word­ing of the "Dir­ect­ive of the European Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil on the pro­tec­tion of per­sons who re­port breaches of Uni­on law", also known as the...
30 October 2019
EU auto in­dustry turns to 'ac­quis­i­tion and hir­ing' to build com­pet­it­ive...
In the mod­ern era, di­git­al­isa­tion is dis­rupt­ing es­tab­lished busi­ness mod­els and the auto­mot­ive in­dustry is no ex­cep­tion. In or­der to stay com­pet­it­ive, auto­makers must ad­apt to the chal­lenges of elec­tric...
19 August 2019
The ins and outs of Brexit – em­ploy­ment and tax as­pects
As the Brexit pro­cess ap­proaches its ex­ten­ded 31 Oc­to­ber 2019 dead­line, UK and EU com­pan­ies and their em­ploy­ees are fo­cus­ing on the key em­ploy­ment law and tax ques­tions that will shape busi­ness and the...
07 August 2019
Singa­pore Con­ven­tion on Me­di­ation signed by 46 coun­tries at open­ing in...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. The United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tion­al Set­tle­ment Agree­ments Res­ult­ing from Me­di­ation,...