12 August 2013
I just want to break down and cry. You know when you have those days when nothing seems to go right? Today was one of those days for me. I have no idea if I will be able to get my visa or not. I have no idea what to do. It has come to the point where I no longer have control. In all my experience with both the US and Portuguese embassies, it is so hard to find someone who will talk to you and explain what to do. I find that they only seem to offer website addresses or telephone numbers, passing us me off from one person or place to the next.
When I went in to visit with the Visa Lady, there was no interview. She gave me a checklist of a bunch of things I must do before returning. She handed me the bright green paper and instructed me not to come back until I had everything on the list completed “perfectly”. At that point she booted me out of her office so that her next victim could come in. As I stood outside her office door and glanced at the checklist, I realized that it would be absolutely impossible to complete these in the next two weeks. Why couldn’t they of taken 30 seconds of their time to explain to me four weeks ago that I needed a criminal background check, fingerprints, notarized documentations of letters and finances? I needed to book an appointment for weeks down the road to get a green paper, telling me what to do. Now I understand how vital communication is. With a broken website, no reliable email or telephone access to the embassy, and staff that will not give you a second of their time to explain what to do-with or without an appointment. What has this world come to. Obviously my view is a harsh after everything I have been through, so I apologize for being so pessimistic. It is just hard for me to face the fact that there may be no possible way for me to do this.