Thursday, November 17, 2011

NaBloPoMo Day 17: Signed, Sealed, Hopefully Delivered soon.

Remember the story of how Inspector Climate and I got engaged, unofficially?  Oh, fingerprinting, how funny you are. And then remember when my lawyer INSISTED that I could get it done before November and so I called and they said I COULD and then said I couldn't?  Fun times.

Well, the day after our getting married ceremony Inspector Climate and I celebrated by first going to a doctor's appointment to get some answers regarding my painful abdomen (no answers, more questions) and my ovaries (sup Jorge).  So that was pretty exciting.  Although it was the first time I got to say 'husband' out loud and I quite enjoyed that.

And so, after the doctor's appointment I went and hung out in the city for a while waiting for my next appointment (Ya'll I know how to celebrate a MARRIAGE).  The appointment that has been holding me back from finally getting a visa. The appointment that had been such a PAIN IN THE ASS to get:  The Finger Printing Appointment.

It happened to be raining that day. Quite heavily.  And I had to make my way to a part of Melbourne that I have spent approximately zero time in since moving here 4 years ago (GULP): The World Trade Centre.  And so, I walked down there. I got lost in the sidestreet/parking lot (true story), and finally made my way into the finger printing office.  After waiting in line for several minutes, where the staff kept saying "you're appointment isn't until 12 so just wait outside and we'll call you shortly." My appointment wasn't until 12 either, so I was fairly certain this is what I'd hear too.

Then, it was my turn and boy did I imagine there to be heaps of hoops and red tap and an obstacle course and some jumps and then I was pretty sure they were going to make me do chin ups (I can only do ONE! ONE!) before they'd let me put finger to paper.

But no.  I was about 40 minutes early (see above fears regarding hoops) and they told me they'd be with me in a few minutes. And about 2 minutes later, a woman called me into a room, stuck my fingers on some inky paper and then proceeded to finger print me.  After months of hassle, tears, being told yes when they meant no, and having my whole visa process stalled just for this moment, this was it.  Anti-climax much?

And so, I've sent them off to the FBI. The lady who did the prints said that they looked fine to her, but she wasn't an expert (um, who is then finger printing lady? who is?).  So, while I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that in 6 - 8 weeks (you cannot rush these things people!) the FBI will be all "these are some fantastic fingerprints and you haven't committed a crime!" (I haven't! I swear!) and then I can get my visa, I also am trying to come to terms with the fact that they might not be ok, in which case, I'll have to get them done again.

Which reminds me, I should make an appointment right now - the fingerprinting lady said they were already booked out until February.

16 comments:

  1. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to the fingerprints being done!!! And screw it - if they're not right, go into the FBI office when you're in the US next month and get THEM to take new ones if they've got such a big problem with it!! ;)

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  2. Enjoyed reading this mini-story. Thanks so much for your comment dear.
    have an awesome day!

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  3. Great the fingerprintings done! Baby steps I suppose..but I hope it keeps going OK.

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  4. Oooh you finally got them done! So exciting! I'm crossing all my fingers for you that everything goes more smoothly from here on out.

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  5. Wow, that was very anti-climatic for all the hoops you had to go through. Fingers crossed!

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  6. what a debacle! good luck with your visa!

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  7. This is fantastic news!
    You're that much closer to the visa :D

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  8. Yay! Random, but I ca analyze handwriting, but not fingerprints.

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  9. Woot! Loved the story and yes...don't commit any crimes! :)

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  10. My goodness what a process! Yay for getting them done without any chin ups! maybe you should make an appointment, just in case ;)

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  11. Wow I had no idea what a hassle a visa was. Best of luck to you I'm sure your fingerprints were excellent!

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  12. One step closer! Good stuff. :)

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  13. Woot Woot! SO happy that you finally were able to get your prints done! I'll be praying that the rest of the process goes smoothly for you ;)

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  14. That's so funny that it was so easy to do after all of the hassle they caused you! I'm so glad that it finally happened, fingers crossed that they don't need to re-do it!

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  15. That is so crazy that it takes so much to get them done. Plus the fact that they stay booked for sooo long!

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  16. wow. That is ridiculous. I'm shocked that you can't just waltz into the local police dept and have them do it as it takes all of 12.2 seconds.

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