The procedure starts after the registration of the foreigner as an applicant for protection in Bulgaria; the registration is made by the staff of Agency for Refugees.
Each stage of the procedure requires the completion of the previous stage, for example: a decision must have been issued in the Dublin procedure in order to move on to the accelerated procedure; a decision must have been issued in the accelerated procedure in order to move on to the general procedure.
There are only two exceptions to this rule:
1). unaccompanied minors move on from the Dublin procedure directly to the general procedure without going through the accelerated procedure; if, however, an accelerated procedure is conducted in respect of an unaccompanied minor, such a procedure is considered invalid.
2). Applicants who have filed a repeated application, after being once refused protection in Bulgaria, do not go through the Dublin procedure and get straight into the accelerated procedure.