Pursuant to the law, the Bulgarian state grants refugee status to a foreigner who has a well-founded fear of persecution due to his/her race, religion, nationality, membership of a social group or political opinion and, for these reasons, is unable or unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of his/her country of origin or return to it.

Therefore, a foreigner must meet the requirements and grounds laid down in the law in order to be granted and receive refugee status in Bulgaria.

Upon receiving refugee status, a foreigner acquires the rights which the Bulgarian legislation guarantees to the beneficiaries of this status.