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Gia-Gina Across the Pond

So I've decided to follow my husband to his native Italy. Follow our adventures as we eat, drink, travel, adapt to and explore this remarkable country. Part food blog, part photo blog but mostly my rants and raves. After our two years in Italy, we relocated across the Atlantic "pond" and are back in the States.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Hasta La Visa Part II

After receiving the dreaded phone call from the people at the consulate, we were resigned to the facts that we wasted a whole day, 500 dollars (for plane tickets, parking and rental car) and headed to the airport to try to catch an earlier flight home than our schedule 8:30 pm departure. No such luck on the earlier departure. While we waited Deme decided to research a bit more on the consulate, its duties and responsibilities, visa protocol and other aspects of immigration law. This is what he found:

1. It does not matter if he was not registered with the consulate for at least a year, they should have granted the visa and registered the marriage.

2. If they choose to deny us, we have the right to request the reason for the refusal in writing.

3. When he applied for various visas before (e.g. when he lived in Dublin, while working in Redmond, WA.) the consulate should have registered him automatically.

He then drafted a letter explaining that we had a misunderstanding etc... blah, blah, blah....and proceeded to quote various articles/sections of law. We e-mailed, faxed and snail mailed the letter to the consulate and waited. Less then 24 hours later we receive a phone call, they explained they had the wrong information and they would do it. We rejoiced but not too heartily. It's been a week and still nothing. I called them and left a message to ask if my visa was being processed and if not could they please send me back my passport since I am traveling on the 25th. So far, there has been no answer.


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