Thursday, November 03, 2005

THE BEGINNING- parte the second

I got the forms from the consulate in the mail yesterday. Not a quick read or a particularly easy one. First part involves Rob. He being the American citizen has to sponsor me and fill out a few forms, get various documentation and hand into the consulate in Sydney.
It doesn't seem as complicated as when Rob was filing for Australian permanent residency, but looks are deceiving and i'm sure it will be time consuming and lots of fun.
It looks like he will have the most bother with it. Need US tax returns for the last three years...hmmm since he has been living, working and paying tax here for the last 10, it may take some time to get that sorted out.
After that all checks out i need to get all my papers together and they will grant me/us an interview.
I need to get a Police report, which involves me going to the nearest cop shop, fill out the correct form, hand over my fingerprints and pay them. Lucky they have a central data base for this, i was worried i would have to contact each town/suburb i've lived in since 16 for a report, but no, just one will do. Apart from all those crimes against humanity i've perpetrated, i've never had so much as a speeding ticket, so being the goodie goodie that i am, i'm not worried about that.
Also need a full medical, that can only be done by two doctors in the city. Chest x-ray, HIV test, the works. Which will be probably a handy thing, i feel and look healthy but it will be good to know in case i have anything lurking.
I'm really glad we live in Sydney as its the only place you can do this. So if you lived in Perth would have to make a couple (at least) trips. They only process these applications on Thursdays between 8-12am.
There is not a huge rush on this as we have no deadlines, so we can make sure we have everything correct before starting as they will be checking every i is dotted and t crossed.