The long, long wait for a work visa will soon be over

The long, long wait for a work visa will soon be over
DENVER — Today I got the next-to-last document I need to apply for a new Chinese work visa. It’s a big relief, and with luck I’ll be back teaching in China after their October National Holiday. This process began after the July 4 holiday and so far has cost me $566 in postage, FedEx charges, application fees, and visa agency services. But the worst part has been the waiting — waiting to receive the documents I sent out, waiting for the final authentications from two Chinese consular offices, waiting to find out if I’ve crossed my T’s and dotted my I’s in the correct fashion. Mind you, I have enjoyed living with my children all summer, and have enjoyed the longest vacation I’ve ever had from working, but the waiting has been driving me a bit bonkers. So I am glad to see the light at the end of the tunnel. To remind you all how I got in this fix, it started in early June, when I was told by the foreign affairs office of Jishou University that Hunan province had lowered the maximum age for foreign teachers from 64 to 60. Despite the contract we had both signed, ...

Visa looping in the Loop 2

It’s not quite an Olympic sport yet, but maybe some other world travelers can relate to this tale of consular ping-pong. Since I need a Chinese visa and my daughter also needs a visa to be an au pair in France, we made a father-daughter road trip to my second-favorite city, Chicago. I’m not sure it ended up being hers. As I related previously, my all-important, have-to-have-them-to-get-a-visa papers came a couple of weeks ago from China. I was free to go up to Chi at any time to get the visa, but it seemed pointless for both D. and I to go separately. The French consulate sets appointments, and hers was yesterday, so we left the L.A. (that’s “Louisville area” for you outlanders) Wednesday afternoon. We stayed overnight in Lafayette, Indiana, close to Purdue, where we had very tasty Indian food at the Taj Majal with my youngest son, a sophomore Boilermaker. Our plan was to get up at 6 ET and leave Lafayette at 7, but in fact both D. and I were awake in our beds well before our alarms went off. I didn’t check, but I figure I woke up around 4:30 am. Stupid, but what can ...
Facebook Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com