Where the decision is positive, the foreigner who has applied for protection Bulgaria, is granted the right to reside on the territory of the country and to use the protection of the Bulgarian state instead of the protection of his/her country of origin. This is why the first action for the applicant who has received a status is taking the necessary steps for the issuance of Bulgarian identity documents. For more information on this issue, see “Documents”.

In case refugee status has been granted, the foreigner acquires the rights and obligations of a Bulgarian citizen. For more information about the rights of a refugee status holder, see “Rights of refugee status holders”.

In case humanitarian status has been granted, the foreigner acquires the rights and obligations of a foreigner with a permanent residence permit in Bulgaria. For more information about the rights of a humanitarian status holder, see “Rights of humanitarian status holders”.

Refugee status or humanitarian status holders who are accommodated in a refugee centre (camp) have the right to remain in the camp for a period of up to 6 months after receiving the decision on the status. In order to use this right, the status holder must lodge a written application to the Director of the refugee centre (camp). The Director will issue a decision – if the decision is negative, it can be appealed in court. For more information on this issue, see “Appeals before the court”.

The status granted may, however, be ceased or withdrawn, if new circumstances emerge or if facts are established in respect of the status holder which were not known to the Agency for Refugees at the time of granting the status. In this case, if the applicant objects to the decision on the cessation of withdrawal of the status, he/she has the right to lodge an appeal against it. For more information on this issue, see “Appeals before the court”.