Firstly I have to ask all of the expats still in the Philippines not to hate as 8 departed the country around 4 months ago, never to return for a prolonged period of time.
So onto my story, here I was thinking well done old boy, you left with your sanity never having to deal with a blank minded local again, oh how wrong was I. I am soon to be married in the country I now reside in to one of the few local Filipinos that have common sense obviously with this comes paper work. So having got all documents in order and sent the money over for the visa fee I was hopeful of a painless transaction, how wrong was I!
I will not mention which country as we are still trying to get everything sorted. I was hoping the consolate/embassy would have people working in it from the country in question. I was wrong, they employ filipinos for the donkey work. First issue arose when they decided to charge extra for the visa fee even though their official immigration website states it is the same price regardless of what embassy you apply to. Ok not happy but thought not worth the argument when they have the power to deny a visa.
Then they insisted on flight confirmation details when again the guidelines state do not book a flight until you have the visa in case of delays. So a flight had to be bought that will probably be missed. Then they wanted additional documents from me that are not needed (and specifically stated as not needed from the immigration website). Ok no problem I thought not easy to get but can be sent. One of these documents cannot actually be got because it is a filipino concept that the rest of the world doesn’t use, luckily my employer is happy to create one just for the sake of me having it. so I thought a bit of a delay but if it gets the visa we need great.
Nope that would be too easy wouldn’t it? They stated they want original documents I I would obviously need to ship them from europe to ph. But this is the killer. Obviously not understanding the concept of time and logisitcs informed me today of all of these additional requests however gave a dealine of monday morning filipino time to produce them in manila by my partner. If I had them I could send next day delivery and hope they don’t get held up by customs to arrive Monday but I need to acquire them, and that won’t be completed until Thursday of next week at the earliest.
Shake my head constantly. You can leave the failappines but you can never escape!
If I wasn’t in love I would give up but sadly I am so I need to just hope someone in thr food chain at the embassy is european and sees the madness of the requests and deadlines.Published in