The Bulgarian legislation defines the child as an individual who has not turned 18 years of age.

Before you turn 18, you cannot participate on your own in procedures before the Bulgarian authorities. Your signature must be certified by the signature of either of your parents – your mother or your father.

If you are aged under 18 and have entered Bulgaria alone and without any of your parents – your mother or your father – the Bulgarian law defines you as an “unaccompanied minor”.

If your parents are not with you in Bulgaria because you do not know where they are, you were separated on your way to Bulgaria or your parents are deceased, you have the right to lodge an application without their signature and request protection and status from the Bulgarian state in order to be able to remain and settle in Bulgaria.

In order to learn how and where you can lodge the application for protection, see “Lodging an application for granting status and international protection”.

In order to learn where you may be accommodated while your application is being examined by the Bulgarian authorities in a special procedure, see “State Agency for Refugees”.

If you are an unaccompanied child in Bulgaria and you want to receive asylum, protection and a status from the Bulgarian state, you are entitled to a special procedure.

PLEASE, read carefully the instructions!