Assistant Secretary Risch’s Call with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Zaharieva

Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch spoke with Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva today.  Assistant Secretary Risch thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its support in resolving U.S. citizen emergencies during this unprecedented situation.  Assistant Secretary Risch said the U.S. government will continue to support Bulgaria’s efforts to meet the requirements for the Visa Waiver Program.  Assistant Secretary Risch also noted the Summer Work and Travel program is still being reviewed and the …

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Delayed Opening of the DV-2021 Entrant Status Check

The Department of State has postponed the opening of the Entrant Status Check for DV-2021 applicants from May 5 to June 6, 2020. The E-DV site can be found here:  https://dvprogram.state.gov/  The Department’s resources are currently being used in its role in the COVID-19 pandemic response and are being prioritized for the assistance to U.S. citizens overseas. The delayed …

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Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants

On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.  The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 23 and expires in 60 days, unless continued by the President.  U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid …

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Alert: U.S. Embassy Sofia Closure of all Non-Emergency Services Beginning Immediately

As of March 15, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria will suspend appointments for all non-emergency consular services until further notice, in support of the measures taken by the Government of Bulgaria to counter the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  For emergency services, please see further below for contact information.  To request an emergency appointment for American …

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Message from Consular Section – Cancellation of All Visa Applications

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:  As of March 15, 2020, the United States Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria is cancelling routine visa appointments.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for …

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Message from Consular Section: Change of Documents Pass Back Service

Dear Consular section clients, please be advised that our regular pick-up/drop-off service between 3:00 – 3:15 p.m. at the main entrance of the Embassy will be moved to 2:30 – 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. On Thursday, November 28 the service will not be available due to an official holiday. For emergencies involving …

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Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2021

The Department of State made the formal public announcement of the Diversity Visa 2021 (DV-2021) program on September 25, 2019. The electronic Diversity Visa system will be open for registrations beginning at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 2, 2019, and will close for entries at noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST), on November 5, …

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Message from Consular Section – Change of Pass Back Service

Dear Consular Section clients, please be advised that on July 2nd and July 3rd, 2019 our document pick-up/drop-off service at the main entrance of the Embassy will be provided earlier, between 1:30 – 1:45 p.m.  There will be no document pick-up/drop-off service on Thursday, July 4th, 2019 as the Embassy will be closed in observance of …

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Demonstration Alert

March 21, 2019 Location: Beginning at the 7th kilometer of Tsarigradsko Shose, along Tsarigradsko Shose to Eagles’ Bridge and onward to the area of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Square. Event: A demonstration, specifically a motorcade protest, is expected to take place on Thursday, March 21, 2019, beginning at 3 P.M. The Sofia Drivers Initiative Committee …

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Security Alert

Location:  Bulgaria, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including in Bulgaria. Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented …

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Message from Consular Section – December 4, 2018

Dear Consular Section clients, please be advised that the U.S. Embassy Sofia will be CLOSED – including for the Passport and Visa services – on Wednesday, December 5, for a National Day of Mourning in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.  We re-open on Thursday, 6th December. For emergencies involving U.S. citizens please call tel. +359 …

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Message from Consular Section

Dear Consular Section clients, please be advised that on November 21, 2018 our document pick-up/drop-off service at the main entrance of the Embassy will be provided earlier, between 2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  There will be no document pick-up/drop-off service on Thursday, November 22, 2018 as the Embassy will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. For …

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Message from Consular Section

Dear Consular section clients, please be advised that our regular pick-up/drop-off service between 3:00- 3:15 p.m. at the main entrance will not be available on Friday, October 19, 2018. The Consular section will be closed on that day. For emergencies involving U.S. citizens please call tel. +359 (2) 937 5100 (from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 …

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Clarification Regarding DV2020 Program

In connection with multiple inquiries regarding DV2020 the U.S. Embassy in Sofia wishes to make the following clarification: Unmarried applicants can participate in the U.S. DV2020 lottery. Participants who are legally married must list their spouse and children on their DV lottery application. Participants who are single, or living in a civil union not recognized …

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Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2020

The Department of State made the formal public announcement of the Diversity Visa (DV) 2020 program on September 25, 2018. The electronic Diversity Visa system (E-DV) will be open for registrations beginning at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 3, 2018, and will close for entries at noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST), on November …

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Ambassador Rubin Launches the 2018 Summer Work and Travel Season

On Friday, February 23rd, Ambassador Rubin launched the 2018 Summer Work and Travel (SWT) Program. Each year approximately 6,000 Bulgarian university students participate, spending their summer in the United States. The event was attended by Consul General Kate McGeary and members of the SWT Alumni Association, who highlighted their SWT success stories and the long-term …

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European Travel Alert

U.S. Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria European Travel Alert November 17, 2017 The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, …

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Message from Consular Section

Dear Non-Immigrant Visa Clients, please be advised that beginning November 15, 2017 cash payments of the Non-immigrant Visa application fee can be made only at UniCredit Bulbank. Please note: cash payments made through DSK Bank after November 14 will not be accepted. Also, you may use our online payment option Trustly service. Find all details …

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New Entry Period for Diversity Visa Program – DV 2019

Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. The new registration period for DV-2019 opens for electronic entries at 19:00 h., Bulgarian time, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and closes at 19:00 …

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Diversity Visa (DV) Program – 2019

For Immediate Release September 29, 2017   The Department of State made the formal public announcement of Diversity Visa (DV) 2019 program on September 13, 2017. The DV-2019 will be conducted entirely electronically at dvlottery.state.gov . The registration period will run from 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 3, 2017, through 12:00 noon, EST, …

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