The new information point in Katowice will be run by the In Corpore Foundation (Fundacja In Corpore) and provide foreigners with help in matters related to their stay in Poland. Visitors will be offered advice on how to apply for a job, register their residence address or access health services as well as where to take care of formalities or how to fill in necessary forms properly. Information will be provided in four languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian and German, to make sure people who do not speak Polish can receive all the help they need. As stated by Marcin Krupa, Mayor of Katowice, the city wants foreigners to feel welcome in their new environment:
Katowice is a city open to everyone, regardless of their nationality or religion. Every year we welcome a lot of foreigners, who come here to work, to study, or for some other purposes. We want them to feel good in our city, that is why we have decided to launch this information point.
The new facility, located at ul. Młyńska 5, will be open five days a week for at least five hours a day. In addition to offering practical advice, the information point will keep visitors updated on upcoming cultural events and available language courses.
According to the data published by the Office for Foreigners in 2020, there are around 25,000 of foreign citizens holding valid residence permits in the Śląskie Voivodeship, making it the fifth most popular Polish region among expats.
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