Learning From A Pandemic

30 Aug

One thing I’ve learned from a pandemic is not to put things off. I am a procrastinator at heart and have paid the consequences many times. This week I took Alice, my MIL to immigration to move along the process of her permanent Mexican residency. We were supposed to complete the last step before they issued her green card. Then the computers went down.

My Green Card

There have been many, many steps in this process. Once Lisa got permanent residency we were able to apply for her mom as a “familiar” or family member. Birth certificates and a wedding certificate had to be apostilled and translated into Spanish. Having documents mailed from the US took longer due to Covid.

My artwork 2018

Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, court orders, or any other document issued by a public authority so that they can be recognized in foreign countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty.

So Alice and I will be up early on Monday to be first in line. Many people who arrived in Mexico before the pandemic have had their 180 day visas expire. They want to stay in Mexico and who can blame them, thus the reason for the long lines.

Our paperwork has been submitted and fees paid. All that’s left is fingerprints. Hopefully the next notice we get will be to pick up the coveted green card. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly before something else can happen. These days it seems like it always does.


8 Responses to “Learning From A Pandemic”

  1. Karen Hodgens August 30, 2020 at 2:52 pm #

    buena suerte! It just popped into my head from old memory banks. I went and looked it up to verify. Every now and then words, phrases, are still there.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 August 30, 2020 at 3:06 pm #

      Tru dat. I’m amazed what I have stored away.


  2. midwife87505 August 30, 2020 at 3:34 pm #

    Best wishes

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 August 30, 2020 at 5:22 pm #

      Nice to hear from you. I hope all is well.


  3. Jack Scott August 31, 2020 at 3:51 am #

    Good luck. I remember those queues in Turkey. Patience is required!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Emilie August 31, 2020 at 6:01 pm #

    Hope it went smoothly today!


    • afish25 August 31, 2020 at 6:08 pm #

      It did! They gave us her green card on the spot. Took us about 2.5 hours but we’re DONE.

      Liked by 1 person

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