Oct 24, 2010

Saturday - getting an Indian visa

The visa office opens at 8 am and closes at 2:30pm for application drop off.  We decided to get there for 11ish.  The office had conveniently moved from the front of the building to the back, so that was fun to start!  When we finally get into the office, there is a see of 400 Canadian Indians and us.  security tells us to take a number and we do.  We are A122, and they are working on A78.  This was going to be a long wait, but luckily we had all our paperwork in order and just had to wait and watch the screen as A80, A85, A92 etc were called.  Finally after 1.5hours, A120 is up.  We are excited, finally, our turn is close.  A female security person came to me and said can I check your paperwork, and of course I obliged.  She takes a mini-second glance and says "that's old form, you need new form", "go to security check in and get new form"...of course as minor panic sets in as we rush to security, who could care a less that we looked panicked for his help.  Finally we grab his attention and he gives us the correct forms.  A121 is now being served!!  We rapidly started filling in the forms, then....A122.  YIKES!! I was overheated and panicked.  No way was I getting a new number.  So we ran to the counter and asked the woman to take someone else and we will be ready after that.  She was more than happy to help us out.   The 900 year old security guard asked us why we hadn't filled them out in advance, so I calmly told him I downloaded the forms in the morning to find out they have OLD forms on their website.  In the end, we bowed to the cash grab called "Visa" and were on our way home.  Exhausted from hours of waiting and seconds of panic!  We had to then head to my fertility doctor who has moved his office half an hour west, so we made our way there, waiting in the waiting room for 1.5 hours and finally got to see him.  Blood and ultrasound were done, and he agreed with Dr Shivani's plan and protocol.   Finally we concluded the day with a nice dinner out and grocery shopping.  Sunday we drove 45minutes north to grab some compassion Gonal-F and now we are home, finally, relaxing. 

7 comments:

  1. Wait, I don't get it. You needed an exit visa? I thought once you got an entrance Visa, that also took care of your exit? Is it not the same for Canada?

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  2. So glad things are moving in the right direction for you even though it is at a hectic pace right now. Your time is coming!

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  3. So glad you are moving forward again. Glad you got the visa thing worked out.

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  4. things are happening :))) So happy for you.
    All the best a good luck!
    Ula

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  5. Our Visas have expired so we had to get new entrance Visas (or bundles of cash on paper)

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  6. Glad you got your visa sorted!!! You wont feel now til your going :-)

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  7. DOH! Never thought of the expiration angle.

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