Relocation to DataArt Bulgaria – 5 reasons why to consider this opportunity and how to do it

Relocation to DataArt Bulgaria – 5 reasons why to consider this opportunity and how to do it
Are you thinking about moving to Bulgaria? This can be an attractive option if you are working in another office of DataArt or if you are an IT professional who wants to explore new opportunities.

In case you are considering the idea to relocate to Bulgaria, we know that you will have a million and one questions that need to be answered.

Here you can find out some basic information about this beautiful country, as well as the necessary entry requirements and permits for a move to Bulgaria.

Why Bulgaria?

Well, the answer of this question might take a whole day and the reasons will be quite a lot. But here are the main ones:

1. Beautiful nature with great ski resorts and sunny beaches

Despite the fact that the country is not so big (111 000 square m. territory), Bulgaria offers great opportunities for tourism and relaxation. If you like skiing, then you can go to Bansko - one of the best ski resorts in Europe in terms of price and quality. It is only 1 hour driving from Sofia.

Black sea and its resorts will welcome you with great sandy beaches where you can enjoy а sunny vacation with family and friends.

2. Affordable prices and low tax rates

Yes, the prices in Bulgaria are considered to be the lowest in EU. For example, the average price for a dinner in a quality restaurant could be 15 EUR per person. A rent for a 60 square m. apartment in Sofia in a nice area is around 250-300 EUR per month.

The country is an EU member since 2007 but it still keeps a taxation policy that attracts many foreign investments, especially in IT field.

3. Great climate with distinct seasons

Bulgaria has a moderate-continental climate, with warm to hot summers, cold snowy winters and very distinct spring and autumn. Snowfalls may occur throughout the country from December to mid-March, especially if you are in the mountainous areas. The summer (June to August) is warm, or even hot, and it is a great time to go to the seaside or go for a walk in the mountains.

4. You can enjoy a delicious local cuisine

Bulgarians love to catch up with family, welcome visitors and talk to them about their lives and culture. A big part of this bonding happens over meals. Bulgarian dishes, traditional drinks and Bulgarian yogurt are something you need to include in your „must try“ list. Some of the best traditional dishes include banitsa, kapama, musaka, tarator, shopska salad, sarmi, kavarma, etc.

5. Southern hospitality: Bulgarians are warm and welcoming

People in Bulgaria have a reputation to be welcoming, naturally curious and warm-hearted and they know how to have fun. A friendly smile and a few kind words and you will be making new friends in no time! The good news is that most of them speak English and understand Russian so the communication barrier could disappear easily.

Our office in Sofia

DataArt opened its office in Sofia in June 2016. It is situated in a modern business building in the heart of the city, only several steps away from the metro station and several tram & bus stations. The office offers vast office space, a relax/gaming room, as well as a gorgeous conference room with an open terrace with a great view of the city and Vitosha mountain.

What should I do if I want to relocate in DataArt Bulgaria?

In order to relocate to DataArt Bulgaria, you first need to talk to your PM (if you are a DataArt employee). After that, you can get in touch with the HRM department in Sofia. They will send you an offer and after it will be signed — the relocation procedure and the document preparation for your arrival will begin.

What are the necessary documents to relocate to Bulgaria?

The candidate needs to present a warrant of attorney, a notarized copy of their diploma, a signed offer and a contract of employment, as well as a job description. All these documents need to be sent back to the office in Sofia. After the colleagues in Sofia receive the documents, the next steps are issuing a personal number of a foreigner, registering the contract of employment, legalizing the candidate’s diploma and preparing the whole package of documentation for the National Employment Agency.

How much would the whole relocation process last?

The whole process may take up to 2-2,5 months to complete:

What do I need to know if I want to relocate to Bulgaria with my family?

If you have a spouse and children and want to relocate to Bulgaria together, you need to prepare their documents together with yours. However, the residence permit of your spouse won’t allow them to work in the country. A work permit is issued by the respective employer, so they would have to be hired in order to get it.

Relocation with a personal car – what are the rules?

Cars registered in EU can be driven freely in Bulgaria in the span of 6 months after entering the country. Afterwards, it is required the cars to be reregistered in Bulgaria or to exit the country through the border and then enter back again. After that, you have another 6 months to use your car freely in the country.

  • A foreigner that enters the country with a personal car has to have documents with proof of registration and ownership of the car, a mandatory insurance and a driving license.

Would my driving license be valid in Bulgaria?

A driving license issued by a member country of the EU is valid everywhere within the European Union. This means that if you are moving from another EU country, you don’t need to reissue your driving license.

  • Foreigners from countries outside the EU that are permanent residents of Bulgaria can drive cars within the country with their own driving license in the span of 1 year from the date of their official entrance to the country.

What about the language?

The Bulgarian language is one of the South Slavic languages. It is very close to Russian and Serbian. It is not considered to be an “easy” language but the good thing is that the pronunciation is exactly as its written form, which makes it easier for foreigners familiar with the Cyrillic alphabet to read.

It is good to know in advance that Bulgarians have one significant difference in gestures that is always weird and commonly misunderstood by foreigners. In contrast with the rest of the world, in Bulgaria, when you shake your head it means yes, while nodding your head – means no.

Where can I find additional information?

You can find more detailed information about Bulgaria and our relocation program HERE

If you still have questions, go ahead and get in touch with us: hr-sf@dataart.com

We are looking forward to seeing you in DataArt Bulgaria!