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I'm an American who lived in Poland for 6 years. I'm not welcome anymore.


delphiandomine 83 | 17,905  
19 Jul 2009 /  #121
Rejected by a Yank? The only Americans I know are the ones who bothered to do things properly. Funnily enough, none of them have problems - because they did things properly.

You still haven't told me what you expect the Stra┼╝ Graniczna to do with someone who is working and living illegally in Poland.
tj123  
19 Jul 2009 /  #122
They cannot ban an EU citizen.

Revoke...I do have EU ancestry but too far back I think to be useful plus not fully identified. But I have been told it it Irish/Welsch/Dutch
lowfunk99 10 | 397  
20 Jul 2009 /  #123
I am 90% Polish but it would be hard to prove.
tj123  
20 Jul 2009 /  #124
No that's easy to prove. Just tell everyone you meet how smart you are...wear small, rectangular glasses...gel your hair into a faux mohawk...and argue a lot over,well....everything.

Oh and tell them you are a "manager"...everyone here is a "manager".
lowfunk99 10 | 397  
20 Jul 2009 /  #125
Shave hair and wear camo!
tj123  
20 Jul 2009 /  #126
What's up with that? They usually have the military backpack on too...like Halloween. Do they really think it looks "cool"? Especially when they have dreads or a pony tail?
lowfunk99 10 | 397  
20 Jul 2009 /  #127
Dreads was the younger folk. I would have looked silly with dreads.
tj123  
20 Jul 2009 /  #128
Everyone looks silly with dreads.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,905  
20 Jul 2009 /  #129
I am 90% Polish but it would be hard to prove.

It's easy to prove. Got a parent or grandparent with Polish citizenship? Then you're Polsh, unless they had their citizenship revoked at some point. Otherwise, you're definitely not 90% Polish.

As for how Polish people dress - at least they're legally in Poland, eh? ;)
nancygrl - | 11  
20 Jul 2009 /  #130
Has anyone other than me noticed that there has not been any other post from michaelmansun other than the first idiotic thread?
Earlier, kitty_the _kat said: "if he's even real."........................... Amen!!

Everyone has got their panties all bunched up because of some arrogant jerk.
tj123  
20 Jul 2009 /  #131
Yeah Harry does have that effect here. Too bad he isn't Polish it would make it more fun to mock him.
lowfunk99 10 | 397  
20 Jul 2009 /  #132
I am 90% Polish by blood. Unfortunately, it was my great grandparents who came from Poland not my parents or grandparents.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,905  
21 Jul 2009 /  #133
lowfunk - I've got some bad news for you. According to several sources online, an entry in SISone4All for being banned from Schengen means that you cannot re-enter the Schengen territory without a valid visa. Apparently you'll need documents from the relevant Polish authorities confirming that they've no objection to the issuing of a visa (which may include the waiver!) before you can actually apply for a visa.

The best advice in this case is definitely to consult a Polish immigration lawyer - you will almost certainly need the help of one, especially as the granting of the 90 day tourist waiver will be problematic due to the previous ban which will be seen by anyone querying the database.
lowfunk99 10 | 397  
21 Jul 2009 /  #134
I was told that I can re-enter after one year. I have had a hard time finding an immigration lawyer. I tried to do a post on it but the admins closed it do to the drama.
tj123  
21 Jul 2009 /  #135
Sorry if I contributed to that...I support your efforts and should have thought more about that than arguing with the jerks who don't.

Try asking the mods if you can open a new thread on it?
delphiandomine 83 | 17,905  
21 Jul 2009 /  #136
I was told that I can re-enter after one year.

Have you tried that one that posted on here?

Don't trust the word of the Stra┼╝ Graniczna without having documentary evidence that you're cleared to enter after the year - ie, without an official letter from the relevant authorities (who, I don't know...) confirming that you're still eligible for the tourist stamp.
lowfunk99 10 | 397  
21 Jul 2009 /  #137
Where does he have a post? Someone gave me his name but I have not been able to find him.
tj123  
21 Jul 2009 /  #138
polishforums.com/business-offers-46/legal-services-expats-living-polan d-36797/

(put "www" in front...stupid spam protection wont let me put the whole link)

Here you go. Seems no number or email in there...it was in the trashed thread so maybe a mod can find it.

I messed up the link....here you go...(again insert www before)

it is in the Business Offers section of the classifieds titled "Legal services for expats living in Poland"
lowfunk99 10 | 397  
21 Jul 2009 /  #139
I found it. I did a search and sent him a message.
tj123  
21 Jul 2009 /  #140
Crap it keeps amending the link and changing characters...anyway you know where to find it now. Sorry about that.
George8600 10 | 637  
22 Jul 2009 /  #141
Then why are there 1.8 million Poles in Chicago alone idiot?

You mean the less that 200,000? I live in Chicago, and yes it does make it hard to be a Polish immigrant trying to become a citizen.
lowfunk99 10 | 397  
22 Jul 2009 /  #142
The US has strange immigration rules as we know.

My brother in law is from the Ukraine. Him and my sister are both programmers and make great money. When they got married the Government would not let his mom come over for the wedding.

It makes no sense to me.
tj123  
23 Jul 2009 /  #143
Hey I was just thinking...if they deport you do they put you on a plane home? Seems a way to get a free flight. I can't see how they would force you to pay "You cannot leave until you pay...oh...I mean you must go ***********."
delphiandomine 83 | 17,905  
23 Jul 2009 /  #144
These things are pretty easy, if you don't pay, then they'll pay for the flight - and place a note on your SISone4ALL record that you have an outstanding fine to pay in Poland. So of course, when crossing into Portugal for instance, you can expect a nice stay in the Portuguese prison and subsequently deported to Poland to pay (or face Polish jailtime).

Easy.

Or of course, they could just hold you until you pay.
aussie_expat 5 | 41  
26 Jul 2009 /  #145
I think for any expats who are want to get a residence permit for poland should present 2 reasons for staying - work and studying polish, or volunteering and studying polish

I had applied for both, and after waiting for ages for my work permit, I was unable to get it due to my boss taking a loan from the bank and buying a new location for the school. Due to that, the work permit office said they could only start my application when all the loan was repaid. (Knowing my boss, would take absolutely forever!)

But luckily I still had my polish lessons to fall back on, I had already paid for 2 semesters and was nearly finised with my second when the woman working my case called and asked about my work permit. After explaining the issue she asked to get proof of being enrolled in a polish course for longer than 3 months and all paid in full. Did that, (found a course until the end of dec) and the new week was given a positive decision to stay in poland.

I also heard from my friends who are volunteers in Poland that if you apply for a residence permit, and are a volunteer they will grant you one no problem, althoug my friends also were learning polish.

Lowfunk, i feel sorry for you. Its sad that they deported you, they are getting quite more strict with foriegners. If you can enter after a year, be sure that there isn't also a fine that you must pay when entering.

A friend was banned for 2 years and has to pay apparently a 5,000 euro fine!
tj123  
26 Jul 2009 /  #146
A friend was banned for 2 years and has to pay apparently a 5,000 euro fine!

No way in hell I would pay that....They can have Europe.
RevokeNice 15 | 1,859  
26 Jul 2009 /  #147
LAST Friday three clean-cut young American backpackers arrived at Dublin airport from Texas. They were setting out on the first international leg of a yearlong trip around Europe.

However, they were ordered to return to US by an immigration official at the airport. "She treated us like we were criminals," Colin Zwirko, 21, said later.

irishexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/ryle-dwyer/deporting-young-americans-is-kind-of-zero-tolerance-we-can-do-without-96105.html#ixzz0MNkeURRR

Yet Ireland allows impoverished eastern europeans and 3rd worlders saunter through Dublin airport. Madness.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,905  
26 Jul 2009 /  #148
"She treated us like we were criminals,"

Of course, America has never treated other nationals like they were criminals.

No way in hell I would pay that....They can have Europe.

What would you do if you had to travel to Europe on business and couldn't because you owed a fine?
RevokeNice 15 | 1,859  
26 Jul 2009 /  #149
Of course, America has never treated other nationals like they were criminals.

The Irish nation and its people owe the Americans a great deal. When we where eating grass and starving it was America who accepted and fed our people. Lest we forget. We should have no border controls with America as a token of our eternal gratitude. I welcome any American into my nation and would treat them as my guests.

Instead, we allow impoverished eastern europeans saunter through Dublin airport, while genuine tourists are hassled and harried. We owe these eastern european countries nada, zilch, fook all.
lowfunk99 10 | 397  
3 Aug 2009 /  #150
I don't think I have a fine to pay. Nothing is stated on any paperwork.

The US has double standards on everything.

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