The procedure for the examination of the application for protection will be terminated where:

  • the applicant fails to make an appearance before the interviewer within 3 months after his/her procedure was suspended in order to present good reasons why he/she did not made an appearance for the interview after being invited or why he/she failed to inform the Agency about changing the address;
  • the applicant can no longer refuse to avail himself/herself of the protection of his/her country of origin, as the reasons for his/her fear of persecution or serious harm have ceased to exist. In this case, the procedure might not be terminated if the applicant can provide compelling reasons why he/she still refuses to avail himself/herself of the protection of his/her country of origin;
  • the applicant has voluntarily availed himself/herself of the protection offered by his/her country of origin, for example: the applicant has had a passport issued by the embassy in Bulgaria or has voluntarily returned to the state where he/she was persecuted or has voluntarily reacquired the lost citizenship of his/her country of origin;
  • the applicant has acquired new citizenship from another state;
  • the applicant has acquired Bulgarian citizenship, as in this case he/she no longer needs a status in order to reside in Bulgaria and avail himself/herself of its protection;
  • the applicant has been granted asylum by the President, as in this case he/she receives refugee status and, thus, the need to complete the procedure for international protection at the Agency ceases to exist;

The decision about the termination of the procedure is sent by mail to the applicant’s latest address, as known to the Agency. The applicant has the right to appeal within 14 days after receiving the decision by mail or from the day on which he/she receives the decision in person and certifies the receipt by signing. The applicant must lodge the appeal via the refugee centre which renews his/her registration card. The appeal is addressed to the competent court by the applicant’s residence address. It is advisable for the applicant to be assisted by a lawyer in writing the appeal. For more information on this issue, see “Legal aid by a lawyer”.