MINA Contributor gets Bulgarian Passport for 120 Euros June 27, 2010Posted by Yilan in Bulgaria, EU, European Union.
Tags: Bulgaria, E.U, Passport
Mr. X informed us back in January of 2010 that he has began a ‘process’ to obtain a Bulgarian passport. Approximately 10 days ago, Mr X obtained his Bulgarian citizenship and passport. The whole ‘process’ stunned Mr X and us, so we will share with you what you need to do to obtain a Bulgarian passport.
MINA: First off, lets move to the obvious question, why did you ask for a Bulgarian passport?
Mr X: I was intrigued when two of my friends applied for a Bulgarian passports and received it. I know both very well, we grew up together. Neither has anything to do with Bulgaria, and both feel strong animosity towards it. Now they are both in Paris, both working.
MINA: They moved to Paris because Bulgarian passport allows you to…
MR X: Yes, you can move anywhere in the EU and work.
MINA: What did you do to get the process started?
Mr X: My friends gave me few phone numbers of attorneys from Sofia. I called three attorneys. At first I negotiated the pricing for their services. They all assured me that it would be very easy for me to obtain the citizenship. As for the pricing, it was an open market discussion. One started at 300 euros, by the time I got to the third attorney we were at 120 Euros. We settled at 120.
MINA: You paid 120 euros for the process? That was it?
Mr X: Yes, that was it. Of course I paid additional 50 euros for all of the paperwork from the Bulgarian Government (laughs).
MINA: Don’t you need to prove you have Bulgarian roots to obtain the citizenship?
Mr X: (Epletive) No. (Laughs). The paperwork produced was what in Macedonia would qualify as a “joke” and you will do at least 5 years hard labour. My attorney made a fake document from a remote Bulgarian village. The Document looked poorly done, like a copy. It scared me a bit. I was told this was my grandfather’s birth certificate. My grand father was born in Bitola, but according to my Bulgarian attorney, he was born in ******, a small Bulgarian village.
MINA: So this is a fake document to prove your fake Bulgarian roots? The Bulgarian attorney can easily go to jail for this!
Mr X: I doubt it, I am talking about Bulgaria here. Besides, why would I care (laughs). It’s a business transaction. He gets money, I get a citizenship.
MINA: But it’s only 120 euros. It cost more to buy two large cans of decent feta cheese!
Mr X: According to my attorney, there are a lot of Macedonians, maybe not much now after the visa liberalization, Serbs, Moldavians and Turks who pay more than me. The Serbs pay close to a 1000 euros, depending on the attorney. But the Bulgarian Government is very eager to give passports to Macedonians. Remember the tragedy in Ohrid with the sinking of the Bulgarian tourists… Macedonians who watched from the beach were offered Bulgarian Passports within days because they called for help. 15 people were offered, three or four accepted.
MINA: I remember that. But let me get back to your ‘paperwork’. What you are explaining here is not just bizarre and illegal, I have no words to explain. You obtained your citizenship because of a fake birth certificate your attorney provided you with?
Mr X: That’s correct. Of course, I had to swear, sort of, that I had Bulgarian roots in the citizenship ceremony. I said “Sure”, I didn’t even think to give them a “Yes”. Process completed. I am still upset for the 120 Euros. I believed there would be more paperwork involved. One fake document is all it took. I could have brought the price down to 50 euros have I known that.
MINA: Congratulations on your new citizenship. What does your grand father say about this?
Mr X: (Laughs). First he thought I was joking when I told him where his new birth place was. Then he got angry. At the end he laughed and shook his head.
MINA: Do you ever go to Bulgaria?
Mr X: I don’t. I maintain a Po. Box in Kustendil. That’s where documentation from the Bulgarian Government arrives. My passport address says apartment this and that, but it’s just a PO Box, there is no apartment there.
Bulgaria has stirred numerous controversies in the EU with the way it awards citizenships. This new (old) revelations which MINA has been told about during the past three years from others are confirmed by our own and are set to put more pressure on the Bulgarian Government to clamp down on the way it issues citizenships. However, not much action is expected on this as the Bulgarian Government appointed a Minister without portfolio whose job seems to focus on “Who else wants a Bulgarian passport?”
So there you have it. If you do have 120 Euros and don’t need Nike shoes, why not obtain a Bulgarian citizenship? It’s not complicated.