Stateless person’s travel document: approved

18 February 2009 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in diary | 23 Comments »

On Monday (16 February 2009) I submitted an application to the Slovak Aliens’ Police bureau for a stateless person’s travel document under the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons.

There was much waiting around the office to do, as the staffers there were quite unfamiliar with the process and regulations for folks like me.

I was required to also submit a certified translation into Slovak of my Certificate of Loss of Nationality of the United States and €33.50 in official duty stamps.

My photograph and fingerprints were taken, and I provided a digitized signature. Looks like my document will have the hated RFID chip with biometric data embedded in it.

In return for all this I received the document below, confirming acceptance and approval of the application. I will return in 2-3 weeks to pick up my passport-that-isn’t-a-passport and to submit another application (and €4.50 in duty stamps), this time for re-issuance of my residence permit sticker. I’ll have to return once more a couple of weeks after that to pick up the sticker.

Potvrdenie o prijatí žiadosti o vydanie cestovného dokladu cudzinca (Dohovor z 28. septembra 1954)

Číslo žiadosti:                  EC-ECBA1-090216-001
Číslo záznamu (Č.p.:):    UHCP-727/RHCP-BA-OCP-Z-2009
Dátum podania:              16.2.2009
Pracovisko podania:      EC2 Bratislava
Adresa pracoviska:        HROBÁKOVÁ 1237/44 BRATISLAVA

Meno:                                             Michael Jude
Priezvisko:                                     Gogulski
Dátum a miesto narodenia:    8.8.1972, Phoenix
Štátna príslušnosť:                  Osoba bez štátnej príslušnosti

Žiadosť o vydanie cestovného dokladu cudzinca (Dohovor z 28. septembra 1954) bola SCHVÁLENÁ

Žiadateľ bol poučený, že doklad si môže vyzdvihnúť výhradne na tom útvare, na ktorom požiadal o jeho vydanie.

Žiadosť prijal (meno a priezvisko):        Pečiatka a podpis prijímajúceho orgánu:
XXX XXX                                                           [illegible signature, stamp]

Confirmation of acceptance of application for issuance of foreigner’s travel document (Convention of 28 September 1954)

Application number:        EC-ECBA1-090216-001
Record number:                UHCP-727/RHCP-BA-OCP-Z-2009
Submission date:              16.2.2009
Submission workplace:    EC2 Bratislava
Workplace address:           HROBÁKOVÁ 1237/44 BRATISLAVA

Name:                                     Michael Jude
Surname:                               Gogulski
Date and place of birth:    8.8.1972, Phoenix
Citizenship:                       Stateless person

The application for issuance of a foreigner’s travel document (Convention of 28 September 1954) was APPROVED

The applicant was advised that the document can be picked up exclusively at that office to which he applied for its issuance.

Application accepted by (name & surname):    Accepting authority’s stamp & signature:
XXX XXX                                                                  [illegible signature, stamp]

  1. 23 Responses to “Stateless person’s travel document: approved”

  2. By Sunni on 18 February 2009

    Er, congratulations? 😉

  3. By Mike Gogulski on 18 February 2009

    I try not to get too excited about clearing the little bureaucratic hurdles, but thanks all the same 🙂

  4. By Stephanie on 19 February 2009

    Well, congrats to soon being able to travel more easily and do regular day-to-day things more easily.

  5. By Mattocracy on 20 February 2009

    I’m kind of amazed that the Slovak Gov’t has been so compliant with all this. I’m not sure if that amazement is generated from a form of naivity or from being jaded…

  6. By Aaron Kinney on 20 February 2009

    Soooo, can I like steal your identity and card myself a credit card issued in your name with this information?

    “Application number: EC-ECBA1-090216-001
    Record number: UHCP-727/RHCP-BA-OCP-Z-2009
    Submission date: 16.2.2009
    Submission workplace: EC2 Bratislava
    Workplace address: HROBÁKOVÁ 1237/44 BRATISLAVA

    Name: Michael Jude
    Surname: Gogulski
    Date and place of birth: 8.8.1972, Phoenix
    Citizenship: Stateless person”

  7. By Mike Gogulski on 20 February 2009

    Go for it, big boy…

  8. By Jay on 20 February 2009

    Still, I wonder is it truly worth it?
    Yes, you’re no longer a U.S. Citizen…err..slave sorry… but, now your new documents contain the RFID chip, and the Slovak authorities now have your prints on file, like a common criminal, do they not?

    quite the trade off I would think.
    lesser of two evils perhaps?

  9. By Mike Gogulski on 23 February 2009

    @Jay: Not much I can do about that. The point was quitting citizenship. That doesn’t mean being able to quit doing things like using banks or any of the other things for which we’re compelled to produce state ID…

  10. By alex on 25 February 2009

    excellent! excited to see pictures of that travel doc.
    you’ll have many interesting visas whenever you travel now. i hope it has lots of pages.
    do you plan on going back to the us ever? i wonder if they would give you a hard time with the visa. probably would.


  11. By alex on 25 February 2009

    by going back i mean travel back, visit.


  12. By Mike Gogulski on 28 February 2009

    @alex: To live there, no. To visit, I’d like to at some point. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

  13. By Nemam.Ani.Na.Kavu on 2 March 2009

    Could you please post a foto of thhe passport /Cestovny doklad cudzinca / I couldn’t find a foto on goole. I am just curious how it does look like 🙂

  14. By Mike Gogulski on 2 March 2009

    Škoda, žme nemáš ani na kávu, ale… of course, when I get it, I will post full images!

  15. By tony on 16 September 2010

    hi, how can i get a passport ? and where can i apply for 1? i am stateless person resinging in Asia

  16. By tony on 16 September 2010

    hi , iam tony how can i get a passort ? as a stateless person and where to apply ? and whats the procedure ? how much will it cost , iam residing in Asia.

  17. By Mike Gogulski on 16 September 2010

    @Tony: I’d suggest contacting the UNHCR,

  18. By Rebecca on 22 May 2011


    Have you traveled outside Slovakia since obtaining your travel document?

  19. By Mike Gogulski on 23 May 2011

    @Rebecca: Quite a bit, but not outside the Schengen treaty area.

  20. By Jack on 8 May 2012

    Where do you apply as I have to friends that
    Are stateless?

  21. By Mike Gogulski on 9 May 2012

    Hi Jack. Your friends should apply to the immigration office or interior ministry of their country of legal residence. If that country does not support the issuance of the document, they can try applying to the local mission of the UNHCR (I believe).

  22. By josh on 30 September 2013

    great job man…. were you living in Slovak when you did all this?

  23. By Mary on 11 November 2014

    My friends are Bedouin Arabs. 3rd generation. Who wish to leave Saudi Arabia, they were born Moslem. But do not follow the faith any more. They have to apply every 5 years for I.D. . AND would be killed if there non Muslim state were discovered.
    He has his MBA. and other education documents.
    But the Saudi will not recognize them as he is stateless.
    He earns less than enough to live on. The Government has delayed the I.D. this year 2014 . And the Children cannot attend school without the I.D.
    .ALL males have to have it.i will help them once they get to Canada , any suggestions as to how he can get out of the country without a Passport.

  24. By imad on 30 December 2014

    dear friend your friend should try the world passport for stateless people and refugees it does not cost much but its quite a controversial passport check out the website

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