Why this story matters:
Dozens of foreigners are regularly in line, waiting for their visa, in front of the Slovak border control office known as the Alien Police Department.
Foreign students, teachers, and other immigrants usually wait there the whole night.
In some cases, they stay for more than just one day.
They camp out in a sleeping bags or on the ground, waiting for their turn.
What do you think -- how do they feel? Do they feel like we really want them to stay and feel welcome?
What’s more, the officers at the Alien Police Department usually don’t speak English and foreigners have to bring a translator with them.
Randy Cramer, a 22 year old from the USA, teaches English at a high school teacher in Bratislava.
She hurried to be in the queue at the Alien Police Department at 4 pm on Thursday to have a chance at entering the office on Friday morning.
It was her last chance to get a visa.
If she didn’t get it, she would have to leave Slovakia and cross the Schengen border.
Dozens of her students and high school teachers accompanied her. Students were shocked by the humiliating conditions at the Alien Police Department.
Luckily she was successful. In the morning, she got her documents and was allowed to stay.
Details from the story:
- Foreigners trying to get the documents needed to stay in Slovakia have to queue in front of the Aliens Police Department overnight.
- The Slovak Aliens Police Department is perpetually understaffed.
- People working at the department often don't speak English and foreigners have to bring a Slovak language translator.
- High school English teacher Randy Cramer was waiting for her visa for the whole night, supported by her students.