Ok, fine people, I’ll update my blog already 🙂 I guess I just do so much writing for work nowadays that I’m all blogged out when I’m at home, leaving this little blog hanging. I can’t even begin to pick a place to talk about, so I’ll just start with the present. I am in New Zealand!
After spending four months in Australia, my weird little visa expired, so I came to New Zealand to apply for my working holiday visa. I arrived in Auckland yesterday, but not without the proper set of hoop jumping necessary to make it that much more of an endeavor. To start off the day, when I made it to the airport (thanks for the ride, Pat!) I had to wait in a massively long line. And, not only was it long, it was also SLOW-MOVING, which angers me more than traffic jams. I had to stand there for freaking ever. I’m not sure why it was so crazy slow, but I will say that even a large group of people that was well ahead of me in line was STILL there after I left, and that was no short adventure for me.
Well I did something stupid. Apparently you need to have proof of onward travel from New Zealand BEFORE you can get your boarding pass to go there. I thought I looked this up because it seemed like something I had heard about before, but I must have been misinformed. I only purchased the one way ticket because I wasn’t sure about how long it would take to get my visa.
I had to immediately buy a ticket back for Wednesday hoping that would be enough time. Will it?! I don’t know. The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship informed me that it normally takes 48 hours to process an online application. However, something in the back of mind told me that I would have complications because of my travel resume.
And of course, there is a little bit of controversy. Not too long ago, I phoned DIAC asking if I would need to get a medical exam. They said I may need to get a chest Xray, but since I had already had one in January of this year, it should still be on file and valid.
But, I received an email today stating that I need to have a chest Xray. Poo. I emailed the office back because they don’t have a phone number I can call from outside of Australia, so that makes it more frustrating. I can always change my plane ticket back, but who wants to do that?
Hopefully I’ll get it sorted without needing another Xray because who knows how long that will take? Oh visas. Fun stuff!