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Bulgarian beauty Bilyana Apostolova last night talked her way out of The Apprentice during the boardroom battle where Lord Sugar decides who he is going to fire. 

Bulgarian beauty Bilyana Apostolova

The Apprentice is a BBC TV series in which candidates compete to go into business with multi-millionaire tycoon Lord Sugar.

Of the three losing team members brought into the boardroom Bilyana, who has come  from a Communist block of flats in Bulgaria to the City of London, appeared to be the strongest candidate with the least chance of being ejected from the new series. 

But at the moment when Chairman Lord Sugar appeared to be about to fire fellow candidate Katy Wright, who had contributed very little on the task, Bilyana just kept talking and interrupting the grumpy executioner. 

Sugar then changed his mind and sent the Bulgarian on her way back to the City where she works as a Risk Analyst. She is now training to be a Wealth Manager for British entrepreneurs. 

The former head girl, who prefers roller-blading to and from work, feels her biggest achievement is her attitude to life and a dedication to advancing by learning and working hard. 

She loves dancing, baking and travelling. She describes herself as positive and adaptable but feels her greatest weakness is dealing with confrontation. 

“I got myself from a Communist block of flats in Bulgaria to the top of a skyscraper in the heart of the City of London.” said Bilyana Apostolova

We have surely not heard the last of this high flying Bulgarian.

You can catch up with The Apprentice on BBC iplayer:

Bulgaria, along with Romania, joined the European Union in 2007, however, the UK government and other European governments imposed limits on working the newest members of the EU. See: Free Movement of EU nationals explained.

Whilst they are free to move around Europe without a visa, they can only work in the UK as employed persons with special permission. This restriction on employment in the UK was extended last year by the  Immigration Minister Damian Green until January 2014.

Bulgarians and Romanians are allowed to set up a business, apply for a work permit, study (Yellow Card scheme) or reside in the UK as a ‘self sufficient’ person, provided they can prove they have enough funds to support themselves.

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If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: or visit

Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email

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