Ok, just picture this… a grown man ripping his hair out and screaming at the top of his lungs, tonsils showing if he still had them and you would have me. For the last 3 months we have been gathering documents to apply for our 5 year Residency Permit.
This will allow us to avoid the yearly renewals we have been subject to until now. We have had to have an FBI criminal clearance, complete physical exams including HIV, TB, and would you believe Leprosy? We needed to log all of our travels outside of the country for the last three years and cannot have been outside of the country for more than 90 days a year. We have had to have all of our degrees, birth certificates, and in my case, name change translated into Hungarian and then signed off by the Official Translation Office. In addition, we have had to collect about 20 different documents from our places of work, about buying our apartment, our business, and other assorted things.
We have our appointments with Immigration on Monday at 8:30 am. I am feeling like a cat on a hot tin roof. The application takes a minimum of 8 months to process. It has to go through the Hungarian version of the FBI as well.
Last night I dreamt that our applications were approved, but by the time they did it, the law had changed and we needed to take a test in Hungarian. What a nightmare that was. Hungarian has 44 letters in the alphabet, just one of the first obstacles to learning it more than the pre-kindergarten version we have.