Oh my God, I did it. I finally got my visa. That was the last official thing I needed to do before I left and now – it’s done. I’m in the home stretch. This is my last week at work, then two weeks later I LEAVE. On a PLANE. To live in ENGLAND.
Lest you think applying for a visa is lollipops and raindrops, allow me to take you through some of the high points of my application process.
- After months of being reassured that my CAS would arrive in time and I had nothing to worry about, I only received my CAS after hounding all interested parties for over a week. Yes, I have turned into that woman. I’m sure a few memos have already been sent around the school warning administrators about me.
- The online visa form turned out to be a lot harder than it looked, especially if you get anally pedantic when under stress like *ahem* some people I know. Also, I tried to submit it five times before I realized I had forgotten to put the school’s phone number in one field. You can only imagine the panic that ensued until I worked that out.
- I went to my biometric screening under the impression that I would be submitting my application then and there. So of course I took every single piece of paperwork I had associated with the application. I only ended up showing my passport and the first few pages of the application. Then they took my picture, got my fingerprints, stamped my application, and I was done. It turns out you have to submit the actual application by mail yourself. (I would recommend taking all of your paperwork, anyway, just in case.)
- Call me ignorant (please don’t, I’m very fragile) but it never occurred to me that I would have to send in my actual passport as well as originals of all of my paperwork. I made multiple copies of everything I sent in so they had a copy to keep and I had a copy in case something happened to the originals.
- I genuinely doubted my application would be approved. Not because of the sordid past I’ve hid from all 3 readers of this blog, but because I was afraid I filled in the form wrong.
At least the parade of frustrating online paperwork has subsided (momentarily).