For Those Wanting an UPDATE ~ Here it is:
This morning we woke up at 4am and then made our way down to Houston, Texas. This trip could have ended in vain, but we needed to take the chance. Our mission was to try and convince the Korean officials to have Justin’s work visa ready by Friday. On the phone, they insisted that it would only be ready by Monday afternoon. This would leave Justin without a work visa, or worse, without a passport on Monday morning, when we are set to fly out of Texas.
The drive to Houston took 4 hours, and we arrived at the consulate just after they opened. We hoped to catch the officials early enough for them still to be in a good mood. With some smiles, and pleading, Justin managed to organise for the visa to be ready by Friday instead of Monday. Therefore if everything goes smoothly, Justin will have his work visa before the weekend.
*A four hour drive,
30 minutes in the consulate,
and then back into the car for another 4 hour drive home.
Friday ~ Repeat this again!!!*
Unfortunately, the South African Criminal Record Centre has let me down… once again! My paperwork has been delayed due to both strikes, and mechanical issues. I have an agent fighting to get the papers expedited, but sadly, it is too late for them to start moving now because I do not have any remaining time left to receive the paperwork, and apply for a visa in while in the States.
Justin will enter Korea on a short term work visa, and I will enter on a 90 day tourist visa. The company employing Justin could not keep my position open, so I lost that job and Justin will be working the contract without me. If I get the paperwork, and do a visa run to China (or Thailand again), then I can perhaps still work with him, if there is a spot available for me. From what we can tell, it does not look promising. We will have to fall onto Plan B which involves being apart for 3 weeks! 🙁
We are dreading it!!!
Being apart in a foreign country (especially in the cold),
is not what we imagined for the beginning of 2013.
We were relieved to know that Justin didn’t need to do a visa run to Japan, and we would have a few more days together in Korea before his contract begins. After the consulate, we stopped at Denny’s for some breakfast, and then made our way back to Dallas.
Until the time comes to leave… we have family, Christmas, great food, and plenty of packing to fill our last few days. Whatever happens, we just need to get through the next two months, and then we fly to Cape Town for our wedding. Usually our comfort is knowing that “we are together”, but we are not too sure if that will be true for January…
Keep us in your Prayers!