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Keeping it together

Woke up to an email from the NZ Immigration today telling me they required even more documents for his applications. He now has two pending applications in. One for residency and one for an extension on his current work permit. If it weren't for the case workers email today I would never have known that his passport has been sitting in in mail center HQ for the last two weeks with ten years of correspondence from family and friends used to prove a bonafide marriage. I don't know why it was sitting there for that long, but it cost us two weeks because his passport was required to extend his work visa and the application was held up because of it.

In 12 days he'll be an illegal alien. I spent all day photocopying documents and getting statutory declarations and notarized stamps for what they require. I don't know why they can't liaison with each other there at the immigration offices because they'll see that the documentation they require is already there and as much as I've wanted to tell them this during our all day phone calls and emails, you don't bite the hand that feeds you etc etc.

The only thing that is guaranteed right now is that the sun will rise tomorrow.

It's been a stressful week, but we have to remind ourselves that even though it feels like the weight of the world is on our shoulders, we have the support of good people, family and friends, who have helped and continue to help and that's what makes enduring it worth it.

It's been one year already.


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