An expat Californian building a new life via the tango in Buenos Aires since 2003, including information on learning the tango and where to dance it in Buenos Aires.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Running in Circles
It's a New Year and time to update my "progress" or lack of same in the Paper Chase from Hell. (If you're not up to speed, read the last installment here.)
Thursday evening I went again down to 25 de Mayo and the Registro Nacional de Personas Extranjeras to ask for an appointment, the next step in my application for a long-term visa (2 years.) I began this process exactly 5 years ago when I first moved here.
Oh what luck! I had to hardly wait at all to speak to the young girl at the desk in this giant Fascist-style building that seemed straight out of the movie, Brazil. She and a security guard appeared to be the only workers in this depressing megalith. Never mind, I was hopeful because so few were there waiting. And even though it was a trauma when I had come here in November, I was positive that now in 2009 (and Obama winning) things were going to look up.
When my turn came, she asked to see my apostilled and translated birth certificate, but no problem, as I had brought my complete 5 lb file with me--I'm learning. (I had only been instructed to bring my latest "paper" and my passport, but then I had also been told to go between 8-10 a.m., when all the "turnos" for the day had already been given out.)
So I got my appointment--for December 21, almost a year from now. I explained that I have plans to spend Christmas with my family in Los Angeles, and she didn't even blink. Take it or leave it.
Oh yes, and my current "paper," the one that lets me stay here during the tramite process, it expires in August.