Several foreigners have recently complained about the return of long waiting lines in front of the Foreigners’ Police new building on Regrútska Street in Bratislava.
“Once again, terrible experience at the foreigners’ police,” wrote Evan Konstantinopoulos on October 8 on Facebook, describing how five years after his first registration in Slovakia, he had the unpleasant experience of visiting the Foreigners’ Police department in Bratislava. “Six hours of waiting and I was 15th in the order for my application while for unknown reasons positions six and seven were served in the last 30 minutes.”
Rapid increase in application numbers
The Bureau of Border and Foreign Police knows about the current situation and is doing everything it can to improve the situation.
“The reason for this situation is the nearly 50-percent increase in the number of applications from foreigners, which results in longer waiting lines in some departments,” Denisa Baloghová, spokesperson for the Police Corps Presidium, told The Slovak Spectator.
Though there is an increase in the number of applications across Slovakia, the biggest pressure is in Bratislava.
“This is why we’re trying to solve the situation in this department as a priority,” Baloghová added, specifying that the police officers from other Foreigners’ Police departments, which are not so busy, are coming to help in Bratislava.