Friday, August 5, 2011

A Kakfaesque Visit to the American Embassy

We awoke before dawn, so as to arrive at out 8:00 AM appointment and to secure my wife the visa for which we were told she had been approved. We thought that our documents were in order. We were wrong.

Applicant after applicant before us was turned way for having the wrong certificate from the local police. One of Hitlery's minions told us that the certificate asked for was different from the one actually required. For us, there was an added complication. The tax forms that were said to be "required" were optional, whereas the "optional" declaration of assets turned out to be required.

We spent the next couple of hours driving around the unfamilar streets of Seoul securing the required documents. We went to two local police stations. The first told us giving the required seal was illegal; the second said that that was nonsense but gave us the wrong document. We hope the right document without the seal and the wrong document with the seal will act together. The private banks were far more helpful, giving us the required documents, with the required English translations and currency conversions, for free.

We returned to the embassy a few minutes before closing and submitted our documents. We'll kno9w for sure a day before we travel.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Pints in NYC said...

I so hope it works out.

I just heard this song and thought you'd appreciate it. Look up the lyrics, too. Perhaps you can do a blog post about it?

Joe Henry - "Our Song"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cflReZ1nZDA

12:44 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks. She got it.

Right now, I'm on a computer without speakers, so I'll have to look that up later. Looks some something to listen to over a few pints!

6:48 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

That's great news, Joshua! Have a safe trip. =)

12:29 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Indeed. I can't tell you how many times Mary has interceded for us to pull everything together, and at just the right time no less.

12:43 AM  

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