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A dream deferred

25 September 2008 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in diary | 4 Comments »

I’ve made the decision to postpone my renunciation plans by a little bit. The new target is “by the end of November”.

The reason is that I recalled, just in time, that I was due to apply to extend my Slovak residence permit for another year.

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

– Langston Hughes

The thing expires on November 21st, and you’re required to re-apply no later than 60 days before expiration. That was Monday, and I got my application in on that day. I should have my new visa by late November.

In theory, with the new visa affixed to my current passport, I can leave the Foreign Police after getting it, head right to a notary to get certified copies made of it and the passport itself, plus execute a general power of attorney to allow a friend of mine to sign for me on contracts and such during the period where I have no official ID, then go directly to the US Embassy and surrender the passport while making the oath of renunciation.

I had hoped to get the deed done prior to the US election, simply to show that it wouldn’t matter to me one way or the other which of the ruling class stooges got elected. Oh well, I’ve made that point here.

  1. 4 Responses to “A dream deferred”

  2. By Stephanie on 27 September 2008

    Don’t you just need four years of residence permits in your passport to become a Slovak citizen? Why not wait til you’ve got that covered? Oh, here I go again. I just can’t imagine taking the chance of having your day-to-day life negatively affected by not having ID or a way to do business or travel.

  3. By Mike Gogulski on 27 September 2008

    It’s something like 3 years of residency on a permanent residency permit, which can only happen after 3 years of residence on a temporary stay permit.

    If you follow the “diary” category back through a few previous posts, you’ll find something that describes the process in a bit more detail. I will be without ID for some time, it’s true, but I’ll also be executing a power-of-attorney document delegating my signature ability for all legal acts to someone I trust — and then keeping that document myself, so that that person can only act in my name when I’m present. Afterward, I get a 1954 Convention Travel Document from the Slovak authorities.

  4. By DixieFlatline on 27 September 2008

    Do you know if your convention travel document will be Slovak branded? Or is it generic?

  5. By Mike Gogulski on 27 September 2008

    As far as I know, it will have a completely blank cover and be Slovak-branded on the inside, though the text will surely indicate that I am not a citizen of Slovakia. We’ll see, actually, I’ve never seen such a document from Slovakia… hopefully I won’t be the first to invoke the treaty to demand one.


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