Monday, January 10, 2011

Visa, it's everywhere you want to be.

I'll tell where I want it to be... in my pocket.  

You have to understand that I am not talking about a credit card and that its been a really long process trying to obtain a temporary residence visa for Slovenia.  We started the paperwork about a year and a half ago and are still trying to get all the documents we need.  One of the biggest problems was that were told in February of 2010 that everything was good.  But 2 weeks before we left to Slovenia in July we were informed that we needed to resubmit our FBI background checks since they had expired.  No big deal we had already done it twice before, but it takes 3 months for the FBI to read prints and send the results back.  But then Sharon's prints weren't readable the first time so it took another 3 months.  Ugh.

Today was another step in the seemingly never ending saga of acquiring a piece of paper that says Sharon, the kids, and I can live in Slovenia.  Josh and I went to the office where people turn in paperwork for residency stuff and this time it was mildly successful, which by the way is very exciting to me.

Afterwards we went to the car, which was in a tight yet typical European parking space to begin with, it had been boxed in fairly tightly by another car.  We laughed and I tried climbing into the drivers door, which I wasn't even close to fitting in (and I didn't gain that much at Christmas).  So I gave the back seat a try hoping I wouldn't have to go through the hatchback.  Luckily I squeezed in and climbed to the drivers seat.  the funny thing is that the clearance on the passengers side was worse.


Anna Beth said...

So...your visas? Do you have them?! Did it work out yet? Do you need more documents?

Anonymous said...

Nope - we don't have them yet. But we ALMOST have Matt's.

We need to turn in proof of insurance (which we submitted over a year ago - but they lost it). Matt showed them a scanned copy of what we turned in last time, but they need an original. But even if we get another letter showing proof of insurance it would need to get translated and apostilled. The lady at the office suggested that Matt get traveler's insurance for two months just to show them that we have something. That is probably the fastest option at this point. Once Matt gets his visa then it will be easier for me and the girls to get ours. We need to hear back from another lady at the visa office if this would be acceptable.

So, we are still waiting. . . but a little more hopeful.

Anna - you and David have been such a HUGE help in this whole process!! Thankyou!

mommybrenda said...

Thanks for the updates helping us know how to pray. It is such a good reminder for those of us stateside who forget about all the hoops you have to jump through just to be there and love people! Happy New Year to all 4 of you!!