They haven't asked for pints of your blood yet, right?
Well, apparently they have to issue a "biometric identity card" simultaneously with the transferred visa. Blood may yet be required.
I hereby retract all my complaints about the US charging me $75 to renew my passport on top of making me supply my own photo (which, man, they charge like $20 for those! That is highway robbery, all they have to do is point the camera and print the picture!).
Put in this perspective, that price point seems quite reasonable. And I only had to fill out four pages of forms.
Yes, I just filled out the US passport renewal forms myself. One thing I don't understand, though, is why they don't include instructions about how to attach the photos to the application, er, in the instructions. I mean, it can be deduced from the "staple" indicators on the square where the photo goes, but it seems foolish not to spell it out, especially when they want only one of the two photos stapled to the form and the other to be loose. And especially when, in the "Top 5 Reasons For Rejection of Renewal" forms, Number 1 is "incorrect photo submissions". *eyeroll*
Oh, god, is THAT how they want them? You probably just saved my bacon there. I haven't had my photos done yet and I could not figure out wtf they wanted.
If we didn't have inefficient bureaucracy, what would we complain about?
I would extol you to make many, many copies of said document when it arrives. Perhaps to quell your disbelief at having gotten it.
On the bright side, it will begin the process of adding value to my passport! See today's entry regarding my old passport, wherein I work out the total cost of the visas inside.
"imagine there's no countries
it's easy if you try.."
Yes. There was a scene in the first or second season of "Spooks" where the MI5 chaps are trying to recruit this chap into being a double-agent for them, and he tells the team leader, "Why don't we just let everybody live wherever they want? Imagine how that would be." The MI5 team leader, of course, just looks faintly incredulous and moves on, but that moment stuck with me for a long time.
I can only imagine how annoying this must be for you. Any excuse a country can find to gouge you out of money they will.
How much longer do you have before you are a permanent resident? Or are you one now?
No, I'm not a permanent resident yet. I've been living in the country for five years, which is the minimum period to qualify, but have only been employed continuously for 3.5. Until I've spent 4 years 11 months here under my own work permit(s), I won't qualify for permanent residency.
Or at least rant about it on the internet.
oh lord. I feel it for you :( I don't look forward to it myself but I've got two years to wait and I'm sure UKBA will change the rules again. By then I'll be paying 3 times as much and have a 150 page form to fill out.
I think they make it difficult on purpose!
Hope that they sort it out for you soon and stop stressing you out.
Oh yes, the UKBA can do many, many things in two years. Sometimes without informing present visa holders that the rules for their work permits have changed.
I guess they want us to be extra-super-safety-certain that we want to stay!
Even though I qualified for citizenship last October, I'm waiting until July to apply as that's one year from getting my permanent residency, and thus the johnnycomestupids at UKBA will have no excuse for messing up, delaying, or asking for 46785million additional pages of evidence that I actually qualify.
*feels your pain*
Edited at 2010-02-09 12:47 pm (UTC)
Their ability to obfuscate, baffle, and bilk us out of cash would be artistic except that I suspect it arises almost purely from incompetence.