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Visa Approved, Yet to be Issued

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After several attempts of reaching the consulate by phone yesterday and concluding that the phone system was down, I emailed the Consulate office this morning. I called after sending the email and the phone system was up. The point of calling was to check the status of the application. The woman on the other end was nice, but she refused to give me any information until a week before departure, December 29. She also reiterated from previous calls (made before I applied for the visa) that I applied with only about four weeks until departure. 

About an hour later I got a response from my email. It confirmed that the phones were down. But the exciting part was that they went ahead and told me that the application was “approved,” but not yet issued and to call or email back next week.

With Christmas and New Year’s Day on Thursdays this year, in addition to the usual Thanksgiving Thursday, I have come to dread holidays. I feel like this whole process needs as many days as possible and every second is valuable, so having a whole day of nothing being processed and dealt with seems possibly detrimental.

At least the application has been approved. My hope and outlook did a complete one-eighty this morning after getting the email.


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December 19, 2008 at 12:06 am

Visado de Estudiante, Por Favor

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Within the next 5 weeks, if all goes as planned, I should have my passport returned with a student visa included.

So, now for some honest, lengthy backstory. Warning: Contains a good amount of venting…

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December 4, 2008 at 12:40 am

Visa Fiasco

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More on that sooner or later… Let’s hope this doesn’t totally derail all plans.

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November 26, 2008 at 11:27 pm


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I was accepted! I leave on January 6 for a one month intensive Spanish course at the Universidad de Granada. The semester at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia starts in February. Woo Hoo!

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November 8, 2008 at 11:41 am

First Post

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I’ve created this blog to chronicle my possible journey to Spain as a American foreign exchange student in the winter and spring of 2009. It is my intention for this blog to continue to serve as a travel journal well after the semester ends.

The application is due by next Friday, October 31 by noon. I plan on having it submitted by Monday, the 27th, with all the fine-tuning being done this weekend.

Since starting the application process, a little over a month a go, I have been consumed by anxiousness and excitement, stress and hopefulness. Creating a new portfolio, writing a letter of intent, meeting with advisors and professors, obtaining letters of recommendation and ensuring a timely graduation have made me realize how much I want this.

Decisions will be made in under a week and notifications are to be sent out on Thursday, November 6. 

My fingers are crossed.

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October 24, 2008 at 12:19 am