Oct. 13, 2007
Time is moving quickly, but we don't seem to be. Pension verification has come back with the Texas SOS' seal of approval....and, I just got back from the Post Office, where I sent off our certificates (birth and marriage) to the Washington, D.C., Costa Rican Consulate, for their authentication. Slow, but sure, that's the ticket........right?
Oct. 13, 2007
Oops, looks like I forgot to mention another snag. When Blanca got her packet back from the Teachers' Retirement System, they informed her that her options are to retire at the end of May, or at the end of June, rather than earlier, as we were hoping, in December. So, while that is a bit disappointing, it probably is for the best, since we know it will take a very long while to actually get our application processed.
OK, make that two snags: we have also learned that a vital part of the application is that we must have our fingerprints taken, and passport-type photos taken. The Catch-22 with these is that they must both be done only in CR, only at one location in San Jose. So, even though the immigration law says that you must apply from your home country, and not from within CR, you will be required to make at least one trip to CR just for the fingerprints and the photos, to be handed in (I believe) as the Casa Amarilla. Your application is not complete without these two things, so it looks like we will be making at least one more trip prior to our actual move, most likely to coincide with Blanca's Spring Break, come next March. Bummer.