Consular Section

The mission of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (‘CA)’ is to protect the lives and interests of American citizens overseas and to strengthen U.S. border security.  Consular work is about touching people’s lives in a thousand different ways every day.  We deal with events and issues that have a personal impact: birth, death, marriage, adoption, child custody, citizenship, and relocation to another country.  CA provides the passports that enable Americans to travel internationally and stands  ready to lend a helping hand when citizens fall victim to crime, accident or illness in other countries, or just want to vote absentee.

U.S. Citizen Services

If you are an American citizen in Bulgaria with an after-hours emergency, please call (359) 2 937 5101.  No documentary or passport services are available evenings, weekends or holidays.


The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying. See our Directory of Visa Categories on to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

  • Nonimmigrant Visas – Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.
  • Immigrant Visas – For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the U.S.