We have been alerted by our Ecuadorian attorney that we have an option for obtaining our residency visa other than Visa-via-Cable under the new law. That is of a Partial Application, which means we would sign a power of attorney here, have it witnessed by a Notary, apostille and then sent to her to translate into Spanish, along with all our documents. She would then file them with the Immigration Ministry there in Ecuador. It would take one and a half months, approximately, for it to be approved. Once approved we would have ten (10) days to appear in Ecuador at the Ministry to pick up our Visa. We could then return to the states and finish our packing and putting the house up for sale; however, we would have to be back in Ecuador before 90 days has expired or we lose the Residency. During the first two (2) years you can only be out of the country a total of 90 days.
While this is tempting, there are too many unknowns in the equation, such as how long will it take to get the house totally packed up, cleaned and put on market and how long will it take to be sold. There’s also the cost of flying back and forth between the U.S. and Ecuador, not to mention cost of staying in a hotel until we find a place to live. Once our household goods ship, we have to be in Ecuador when they arrive three (3) weeks later. Rather than tempt fate, we have opted to continue with the Visa-Via-Cable, which will allow us to get things accomplished in a timely manner, get my husband’s pre-paid dental work completed and tie up all loose ends. By the time the Visa-via-Cable is ready, we will drive to Miami to pick it up. I believe that requires 2 trips, but we will be told what the next step is once our attorney has all of our paperwork in hand.
One must be adaptable when preparing for a move, whether it be elsewhere here in the United States or to another country. You have to be as prepared as possible for the unexpected and make what ever decisions must be made, preferably one that has been thought out rather than in haste. Often times decisions made in haste can have unpleasant or unexpected results. Such as our move from Michigan to Florida where we rushed to pack and ended up giving away things we had wanted to keep because they wouldn’t fit on the moving van and because the movers did not listen to HOW I wanted items put on the truck, i.e., furniture and appliances first and then boxes. We won’t make that mistake again.
So now that we have made our decision, we can continue to pack and purge. My inventory list is growing day by day. All loose items have to have sequential numbers attached to them either by tags or labels, just like the boxes, and are identified as “loose items” on the inventory. They can be inter-mixed with the Boxed items, but each time as change between boxed and loose, they must be identified as such. Our biggest challenge is how we are going to attach a number to the mattresses for our beds. My husband came up with a wonderful suggestion, since I am a quilter and fiber artist, I will baste stitch numbers directly onto the mattresses and box springs. Easily identifiable, easily removable and will not damage the mattresses!
This whole process as been a wonderful learning experience and, because we have a wonderful and patient Immigration Attorney who has clarified any confusion we may have had and answered all questions, it has been rather smooth.
I have been asked by several people if I plan on continuing to blog after I have completed our move. My answer is most definitely. I will be posting pictures and telling about our adventures, and misadventures, as we learn a whole new way of life and a whole new language. As we explore, it is my plan to show you how people live, the beautiful areas and share trips that we may make. At some point, I will also be posting my art pieces that will represent some of the areas we visit and people we meet.
Until later my friends, have a great rest of the weekend and wish you all the best that life has to offer.
Terri at the Drake’s Nest