Papers, papers, and more papers. I knew the paperwork would begin at some point, but I didn’t know exactly what I would be getting myself into. I can’t really complain too much because my future school has done a great job of outlining exactly what I will need to get my work visa in Kuwait.
I don’t know about you, but paperwork is my least favorite part of life. Here, though, it is a necessary evil. They need paperwork that I never thought I would need. In case you are ever teaching abroad or planning to do so, be sure to have handy:
- college transcripts
- a passport valid for at least the years you plan on spending overseas
- your college diploma (the actual one, not just a copy. Apparently transcripts aren’t enough)
- Your teaching degree (a copy of this is OK)
The diploma and passport have to be sent out to be authenticated as well. Thank God the school I will be working for has a service to help with that. Additionally, I also had to write a letter to the FBI to declare me clear of any criminal charges. Guess library late fees don’t count, thank GOD. I also need to take another passport sized photo (hello, Walgreens!) and get tested for the following:
- Hepatitis B & C
Most of those I have heard of before and thankfully I am in good health. Still have to get tested again though so I have a medical record that can get authenticated as well. However, I had to look into Filariasis. According to a very thorough, 2 minute google search, it is a disease caused by a parasitic worm in your body delivered by mosquitoes. It results in severe swelling and can even harm genitalia. Pretty sure I steered clear of that!
I ran around like a madwoman this morning and learned that you can’t make copies of your driver’s license or passport in color at places like Office Depot or Staples and I also learned that my printer was a useless piece of crap when it came to scanning documents in. Thank God for my old school and coworkers who allowed me to scan my stuff in there. It pays not to burn bridges people! You never know whose copier or fax machine you may need in the future.
The only thing I am waiting on is an appointment to get those tests done. The clock is ticking for a work visa. Apparently there is 2 weeks left the school can process it. If you know me, you know I actually hate procrastinating and having to rush around at the last minute. In this case, it wasn’t my fault it was just that I was hired a little later than most. If the work visa doesn’t work out, I was assured that I could get a tourist visa and then translate that into a work visa in September after I have been there a couple weeks. I would really just like to have everything in place though before I go to NY to see friends in a week, so fingers crossed for me!
Now, let me unbury myself from paperwork and the leftover forms I have yet to shred because I filled them out incorrectly the first time. Oh, and I am getting sick. Cool timing, life. Time for a bath and a Nyquil nightcap.