Nov. 16, 2007
Well, we think we have made some serious progress! Yesterday, we made the sojourn to Houston, where we met with the nicest young lady you can imagine. Her name is Dania Garcia, and she is one of the Consuls in the Houston Consulate for Costa Rica.
She graciously provided us with most excellent service on our visit. We had exchanged emails and phone calls prior to the actual visit, and that helped a lot to make sure that we took with us everything that she required. We were about an hour and a half early for our appointment, and she took us immediately.
Unfortunately, not too far into the process, we were interrupted by a pushy gringa, who walked in unannounced, without an appointment. (I should admit that it was my fault that she walked in, because I was sitting near the door, and heard it rattling, as someone was trying to open it from the outside - one of those electric locks - and, I opened the door). Dania handled her with grace and style, not to mention, with extreme patience. (I mean, anyone who has dealt with any Consulate, anyone who has gotten as far as this lady must have gotten by now - she made reference to needing a notary for her corporation papers - should know that you do not deal with a Consulate without an appointment)!
Ultimately, before noon, we left with copies of our receipts for the documents that we submitted, and a record number. Dania explained that the next thing for us to do is to simply wait until the Migracion, in CR, contacts our attorney there, to tell her/us what to do next. When we suggested that we were ready to arrange a quick trip to San Jose to get our fingerprints and photos there, she said not to do that until we hear from them. So, we are in a holding pattern, but feel like we accomplished a lot yesterday.