For weeks now, we have been telling you that ‘no news was good news’ when it came to my visa. We were told that if August 1st came, and the PSB had not contacted us, then all was good and my visa would be issued. When that day arrived I asked our school what the news was, and they said, ” It is all good. You got your visa.” I was happy, but not wanting to bounce around with joy until I had the visa in my very own hands.
The following day I asked if we could pick up our passports. It was then that the admin lady from our school told me that the visa was still not ready. Huh? She said, “I think it should be okay”. I asked her many times what the PSB had said, and why there was a delay, but her responses always contained words that were not completely certain, like “think” and “should”. Come on lady, I need to hear, “is” and “done”. It’s times like these when language barriers can be very challenging. You feel the need to ask the same question eight times just to be sure that the person understands what you are asking.
Me: “Is my visa definitely being issued?”
Admin Lady: “Yes it is. I think”
Me: “Could there be any problems? And why are there more delays?”
Admin Lady: “No”
[Okay, note to self: stick to one question at a time]
Me: “Do you think there will be any problems?”
Admin Lady: “No, I think it will be fine”
Me: “Why the delays then?”
Admin Lady: “They tell me to come next week.”
Me: “Is there perhaps a problem?”
Admin Lady: “I think it okay”
Oh my word – We want to rent an apartment, buy furniture, start settling, and above all else, we want to KNOW if I can stay here or not. “I think it okay” doesn’t really give me much reassurance.
And so our wait continues…
Apparently I will have my visa on Wednesday, August 7th.
As for the cause of the further delay, we have no idea!
On the plus side, we took a step forward today and started looking at apartments. Tomorrow we will see a few more. This was very exciting for us, and it reminded us that all this waiting won’t matter when we are able to move into our own place, finally settle in, and feel like we can make a home for ourselves here.
Hopefully this week we get that visa… and no longer have to hear “I think” or “It should”.
Not long to go now.