Monday, 4 June 2018

I am now in the process of renewing my Peruvian visa:

Hello, ladies and gentlemen of the internet. Once again it does seem like it has been a while since my last proper post (A perfect father and son Friday out in the sun). Yes, I have published posts after this, but there have had their main focus on photos and not text. The main reason for my lack of activity here on my blog these past few weeks has been because I have been struggling with some health issues. Not that there has been anything serious, but more than enough to have me put my blog on a temporary back burner. Everything got kicked off by the nasty flu, continued with another round of flu and ended with a throat infection. So you can say that I have had some rough few weeks. Anyway, at least I am now more or less back on my feet, ready to continue my adventures here on my blog.

So maybe I should get started on the topic of the day and as the headline says, I am now in the process of renewing my Peruvian visa or this time I am actually applying for something called a foreign card, that in practice is a kind of semi-citizenship solution for us that have lived here for a while and that wish to continue living here. At the same time, I can now finally start to look for work. It is not a secret that I am really starting to get tired of not doing anything productive. Now I can start to look for work without the worry of having an end date on the visa. This end date has had a very negative effect on my employment situation here in Peru to such a degree that I have had big problems finding work, until now. If I get my application approved, this problem will be part of the past for me.

When I got started on this process I was told it would be quick and easy. All I needed to do was pay a couple of fees, show up at Interpol for an interview, some paperwork, getting my photo and fingerprints taken, then fill out a form, go on an interview at the Immigration office and file an application, then just sit back and wait. Well, truth be told, so far it has been far from that simple. The first thing that comes to mind at this point in time is misleading and directly faulty information. Not to forget all the back and forth that has been going on. All of this has ended up with higher costs and a much more time-consuming process. I guess that this is kinda part of the charm of living abroad and I guess something every expat around the world go through every time they need to renew their visa.
My current visa ended on the 2nd of May, yes I know that it ended a month ago and this is one of the reasons for the increase in expenses this time around. Most of the actual work on my new “visa” has been done last week. This includes the visit at the Interpol office here in Lima, running around to the many different Immigration offices around the city. Well as I am writing this post all the needed paperwork is finally done and the final appointment is on Wednesday in the upcoming week. When the appointment on Wednesday is over I can finally sit back and relax, start to enjoy my everyday life again. This is something I am looking forward to, even that the outcome is out of my control. No matter what the answer will be, I want to continue to live here in Peru. It actually feels like home to me.

Everyone that I have been speaking with about my application tells me that I have nothing to worry about and that the end result will be that I will get it approved, that the process will go as a dream. So why do I want to continue to stay here in Peru after all that has happened the past six or seven months? Well, to be honest, my situation here in Peru has changed drastically the past few weeks. Even when it comes to my relationship with my “ex-fiance”. This is a topic that I want to address more in details in a future blog post, but the truth is that the relationship between us has improved greatly. It has improved to such a degree that we are actually talking about getting back together and give us another chance. We are at this point in time talking about our common future.

A big part of this future talk is my visa renewing because my original plan was that I would leave Peru either at the beginning or end of May and return to Norway for a period of time. Instead, I am staying behind and sticking around. The good thing is that one never knows what the future has in store, as I mentioned in a previous post (What does the future have in store for me now?). This includes the current changes, we might succeed with our “attempt” or we can fail and end up as we did back in December. All we can do is work hard and focus on us as a family and the end result will await us in the future. I am at least willing to give it another chance, not only for my own selfish sake but also for my son. So that is why I have been running around like a headless chicken from office to office to make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
When I will get the answer on my application is another thing, because this is something I do not know. I might get an answer already next week or it can come next month. The time frame depends on how big the visa pile is at the point when I deliver mine on Wednesday. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for this one because I really want to stick around for as long as I can. Anyway, I hope that you guys enjoyed my little rant and information about whats going on in my life right now. More posts are coming very soon. I have big plans for the month of June, not just for the blog, but also for my Youtube channel. So I hope you will be sticking around for my future updates and while you are here why not check out my channel (Beyond the horizon) as well?

P.s. Here is a link to my latest video uploaded to my Youtube channel (A family fun day in Barranco #2). Sorry for the lack of voice in my videos, but that is something I am working on.