This time we're moving 3 kids and the same two cats, without any help, but at least to a great place and a decent job for my man. But the paperwork is crazy.
We're planning on leaving on or around the 22nd. I'll likely be taking the cats back to the vet on the 20th then heading straight to Lansing to stop off at the USDA before meeting up with hubby and kids again at my parents' in Detroit before we board a plane to England. Sheesh! I'm out of breath just typing that!
|How could we leave such a cuddly kitty behind?|
Onto figuring out Visas. My husband is a European National, as are our two daughters. We never got around to getting the little guy his French passport, but he's apparently too young to matter as far as paperwork goes. I, on the other hand, do not require a visa, but an EEA Permit. To get the permit I have to enroll my biometrics (i.e. fingerprints and photograph) and apply for the permit. Lucky for me, there is a support center that does the biometrics just minutes away from my house.
When I tried to make an appointment online, it would only book me in at the Detroit center. Immigration customer service agents are delightfully helpful over the phone! However, what I discovered after answering many questions and spending 10 minutes on hold was that the Detroit office has to refer me to the biometrics location and that requires walking in! So, I'm supposed to go to 2-hours to Detroit to make an appointment 5-minutes away! The gentleman on the phone encouraged me to try to walk-in to my local office, but cautioned that they still may make me jump through the hoops.
And did I mention that the permit application is 17-pages long?!!!!!!!!
Don't you just love bureaucracy?