Today I am doing a happy dance as the last document we needed to obtain our Residency Visa-via-Cable has arrived. So with my Apostille FBI Criminal Background Check in hand, all the documents will now be forwarded to Ecuador Visas and our attorney. The documents will be translated into Spanish and we will be notified when we are to appear at the Ecuadorian Consulate in Miami. We are now seeing an end in sight to our adventures in obtaining documents that will allow us to live in another country.
It has certainly been an eye opener on all that one must do to be granted the privilege of becoming a foreign resident. It gives you a whole new respect for what many immigrants must go through in order to obtain Visas/Green Cards to live in the United States. If you want something bad enough, you will do all that you can, legally, to obtain the Golden Ticket (Visa) that will allow you to achieve your dream. The key is to do it legally! By following the rules, you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labors. You also will not have to keep looking over your shoulder to see if Immigration is after you to return you from whence you came.
Our packing and purging continues. All of yesterday was spent shredding old documents that are no longer necessary. I plan on scanning all our current documents, which will be needed for tax filings, to our computer so that I won’t have to transport a lot of papers and it will make filing our taxes via email a whole lot more efficient. Sending PDF’s is a lot easier than faxes, especially if you don’t know if faxes are available in your new home country. I know that regular mail is almost non-existent there, so most of our mail will go to a central mail server who will scan what mail we do need and/or FedEx it to us. We will be able to ship packages and such, but mail is another story. I’m thinking of all the junk mail I will no longer receive!
Have a great week and enjoy life to the fullest. I must return to my packing and purging!
Terri at the Drake’s Nest