Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Visa issues: resolved. For the moment.

A few days ago, Miss Liv gave me an award! How sweet is she. She's a Perth girl with her Brit boyfriend. She understands visa issues (which is what this post is actually about...). To be frank, I am a little sad she lives all the way in Perth, because that makes it very difficult for us to go out for coffee and bemoan that we are little of perfectly average height.

Anyway, I thought I'd give a shout out to some of my other expat bloggers, because while I don't write about that part of my life a lot...it is constantly my reality. Whether it's juggling different slang, the side of the road I drive on, not being able to find food I want, or not being able to feel concrete in any one place because I don't have a real visa yet.

So here are some of my favourites:

Sara - has fallen in love with a boy in Chile and right now is trying to get mentally prepared for brain surgery. She is beyond brave. So send her good thoughts.

Kyle - is an absolutely beautiful photographer (and person!). She also fell in love with a Chilean Boy and is settled in Santiago. Marriage has never been something I really thought about that much. But once I started reading her blog, I suddenly wanted to get married like right now. Just so she could take my picture and make me look pretty. In fact, I've never had a real desire to go to Chile either, but have recently been suggesting to Inspector Climate that we go, just so you know I can meet Sara and Kyle. AND have Kyle take our pictures.

Crystal - Crystal is a Canadian in France. I absolutely adore her blog and can totally relate to her struggles with homesickness.

And then there is Juliet - I feel like Juliet and I have been following the same expat path. Hers brought her to Paris. Where she struggled to find a good guy (she did!), a home (she did!) and a job (she did!). I adore her.

Share the blog love, ladies. Because I certainly am bursting with admiration for all of you!

Now let's talk about visas.

So, at the moment I am not on any visa really. I am legally in Australia, but am straddling between visas, waiting for one to get accepted. While I wait, I am not legally allowed to leave the country, unless I buy another "limbo" visa which allows me to leave and come back to Australia. I desperately need to go home. This is the longest I've ever gone without seeing my mom and dad; and I need a parental hug. Plus, I'd kind of like them to meet this guy I've been seeing...you know, he means a little something to me, this Inspector Climate, and I need them to know this person who I've fallen in love with.

I need to go home.

So, I asked my lawyer about getting the visa and he sent me the form (I am not about to pay my lawyer any more money if I don't have to...) he told me to do it 2 weeks before I fly. But that seemed like cutting it close to me, I mean this is a government department and when has that not been easy...never.

So, I've been filling out the forms and realised that no where on the form did it say where to send it in...I mean no where. So I called the department. To get the address. As I am talking to them, I asked if they would anything else, did I need to send my passport? A copy of my passport? Passport photos?

"No, all you need to do is write a compelling letter."

"um, a compelling letter? What do I need to say?"

"You just need to write a compelling letter as to why you need to go home..."

"Is homesickness compelling enough?"

So, I called my lawyer in a panic. What if I couldn't go home? OH MY GOD. He assured me that I didn't need to write a letter, I just needed to go to the immigration office and get them to put a sticker in my passport. Oh, just got to the department...like that's going to be easy...because you know when they are open? 9-4. NINE TO FOUR. That helps zero people with a full time job. Luckily, I am sick and so, I worked from home today as well as took a little trip to the department.

Things didn't look promising as I got there 20 minutes before the department opened and there was already 20 people in line. Oy vey. But actually, it took 20 minutes in the office and I was out there with a visa in hand.

I am going home in 31 days...but whose counting?

12 comments:

  1. OH MY GOODNESS!! That would have to be the fastest and easiest thing I have ever heard concerning the Immigration Dept!! WOW! All hope is not lost for the govt depts! Haha.

    I too, commiserate that we live on opposite sides of a massive country. Being short is AWESOME!!

    Also, congrats on going home for a visit, exciting!! You have to blog everything that happens over there, too, by the way :-)

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  2. Oh that's fabulous. You get to go back to all those lovely things and people you write about. Is the gorgeous Inspector going with you ??

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  3. I'm checking those blogs out asap. I would love to lead an expat life, but since I seem to not be able to go longer then 6 months without seeing my mom or the ocean in Maine not sure I could do it. You are a brave young lady. I just crossed over into New England an hour ago. Two more hours till "home". This area we are from is truly one of the best places in the world.

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  4. hey! thanks for the shout out on your blog :) I love yours too and it's linked on my blogroll. I found you through Juliet and have read back quite far to get an idea of how you ended up in Australia. I really look forward to all your new posts.

    Yay for going home! I'm sure you'll have a great time and nothing beats a parental hug sometimes :)

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  5. It's always good to visit home :) I'll count down for you

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  6. Yay!!! Thank goodness it was an easy process. :)

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  7. Congratulations! I'm glad you will finally get the parental hug you're longing for!
    : )

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  8. Ahhh! Thanks for the link! That's so sweet.

    Visa issues are a bear aren't they? I hate them! I'm postponing my inevitable visa hassle though. We'll see what happens.

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  9. Glad you got your Visa... this is so over my head, I have never travel out my country but it sounds scary and stressful and I am glad you can go home.

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  10. Now if I could convince you to come get married WHILE on your trip to Chile (that you didn't know you wanted until we internet met) AND let me take pictures of the whole event, that would be talent and I'd be deserving of this award :P

    Thanks so much for the shout out! I'm excited to go look at the other blogs you linked to, I'm always down for finding new expats to read about.

    PS. Glad the visa thing worked out.

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  11. First of all - THANK YOU!!! For the shout out. I totally heart you too. I have dreams, now that I have begun to make a real wage again, of sending you surprise goodies like you did me. Just sayin.

    Also? CONGRATULATIONS on getting to go home!!! My accidental extra week layover with my mom this summer was SO GOOD. I needed mommy hugs and laying around and all the good stuff that comes with it. I can't wait to hear all about it!!!

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