Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Recieved my authorization letter today.

I finally received my authorization letter today and my official final contract. I have been waiting on these things for months, since before I even started this blog. Now I have to take my collection of notarized paper work, certificates, licences, letters, college transcripts, ect... and have some of them notarized by the notary office who verifies my notary is real. This makes no sense to me, but a lot of this process does not make a lot of sense.

       Then in a couple days I send all of this off with the signed paper work I received today to my Visa handler in DC. From there I will find out what documents the visa handler accepts and what he does not. Anything the visa handler rejects will need to be redone to there standard. In some cases this can take only a few days, in others it can take a couple months. I am hoping I have learned from Aaron's mistakes and that all my paper work will be approved quickly. After  my visa handler approves my papers and grants me a work visa, the only thing left to do is wait for my plane tickets to arrive. Ill keep you all up to date

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The waiting game

I was able to reach someone with the SRCA since my last blog post. Apparently my file had just been sitting around and needed someone to sign off on it. Now that my paper work was signed off my file has been reviewed by the SRCA committee and sent to the HR dept. to get my official offer and authorization letter ready to be sent. It has been 2 weeks since it landed on the HR desk and no news yet. If there is one thing I am learning and anyone else interested in pursuing this should learn, its extreme patience.... I applied to the SRCA in early December 2009 and I am guessing I wont be in country until at least June 2010.

As previously stated by me, the last thing I require to apply for my work visa is the authorization letter from my employer. The work visa itself will be a whole other amazing journey that can take as little as a week or as long as 2 months. After my work visa is approved I should be "good to go." 

Updates from the ground are positive. Aaron has told me they are taking good care of him his living conditions are good, he is getting paid on time, everyone has been friendly, but it sounds like patience remains a key factor when arriving in country also. He is very slowly processing into the system. 

Sorry I have not updated my blog much, but there has been no information to update it with. I will make a regular habit of keeping everyone up to date on a weekly basis if possible or when something major changes. For now I hope "slow and steady wins the race" and soon!