After lots of bureaucracy and red tape, I got my resident visa stamp in my passport today. Now I can breathe… a little.
Next step: apply for hubby and daughter’s resident permit before their visit visas expire in 10 days. The procedure is pretty straighforward. We go to the Immigration Department in Dubai, hand in our passports and application form and our family register (marriage and birth register) and in a few hours, M and Pristine will get their resident visa stamped in their passports.
Sounds really simple…only it’s NOT! No one told me the family register should be attested by notary public then by the Foreign Affairs Ministry and finally the UAE Embassy in our HOME COUNTRY that is J-A-P-A-N!!!
Our case is so hopeless as the expiry of their visit visa nears. There’s no way we could do all that paperwork let alone in far, far Japan in 10 days! We are however, taking a shot at fate by going to the Japanese Consulate in Dubai tomorrow and beg, whatever…
If luck smirks on us, off to Oman we go (and take a U-turn at the border to get another 60 days for hubby and daughter) then figure out how to get the paperwork done and who should we ask to get it done in Japan. My in-laws said they couldn’t do it, Tokyo is too big a city for them and the procedures we told them were too big to handle for the laid-back, rural living people that they are.
This headache never seems to end.