When we were planning to come here, we anticipated that many things would be difficult, but one of the things that should have been easy was getting visas. However. After 10 weeks of processing (should take 3 days), during which our base leaders had a meeting with one of the higher-ups at immigration (during which they were told that the visas would be put through, and misunderstandings were cleared up), and we recieved a personal visit from some of the people there (during which we were told we would have the work permit on the next business day), we finally got a call on Wednesday saying that our visas were ready. We rejoiced, we celebrated! Finally!
This has been a long month of not only trying to deal with our own visas, but trying to get our student visas, too. One of our Rwandan students is having trouble getting a passport: her parents are dead/not in contact with her, so they cannot verify her identity by theirs. And there is a discrepancy on her ID about her birthdate… so they won’t give her a passport. (One of many messes that continue to cause practical issues in a country torn apart by war.) So this seemed like the first of several victories after a long struggle.
For those of you squinting to read the numbers in the box, the visas are valid until Feb. 15, 2013. Meaning Friday.
So, after crying a lot, discussing, prayer, and encouragement from others, we decided not to just pack up and go home. We are going to try again, we’re not sure how yet, but there are a couple of options that might work. We’ll keep you updated when we know something.