The right to stay in Bulgaria during the procedure

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While your application for asylum in Bulgaria (asylum procedure) is being examined by the Bulgarian authorities you have the right to stay in the country, irrespective of whether you entered legally or illegally and whether you have regular national documents for travelling abroad.

This means that the Bulgarian authorities do not have the right to return you to the neighbouring country from which you entered Bulgaria (readmission procedure) or to the country of origin (deportation procedure).

The law stipulates that these procedures shall be automatically suspended till your asylum procedure is completed with a final decision on your case. If you received a decision refusing to grant you asylum and status, but you did not appeal it before the court or you appealed it but the court upheld the refusal of the Agency, such a decision will become final.