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Monday, June 27, 2011

One year down... Can I stay or must I go??

If you're a Facebook follower you might have seen a few posts about my deportation concern... I haven't posted on here for a while so I'll update about my visa situation and I have a funny story about my boss.

So my original visa was good for 1 year. That expired on June 24th, the 1 year anniversary of me entering Korea. I switched schools six month into my one year but couldn't renew my visa then because the laws in Korea have changed. I needed some extra paperwork from America.

I started my new job in February and got my paperwork in the mail in March. I had to get an FBI background check and another diploma and for both, had to get a special seal. I thought I could get the seal for both at the same place, the Missouri Secretary of State. But no. The FBI check had to be apostilled (fancy name for a piece of paper that says the document is official) in Washington, D.C.

As of right now I have 13 days to present all of my documentation to Korean immigration but I have no documentation. I'm waiting patiently and eagerly. Of course, the Secretary of State's Office doesn't accept phone calls or return inquiry emails. What happens if my extension days run out? I'm not sure... I hope it doesn't come to that...


This is my boss. I've been updating him about all of my documents, etc. Every time we converse he nods and says he understands. I found out, however, that he actually did not fully understand. And this is how...

We go to immigration together to ask for an extension and/or ask what happens in the event my documents weren't here by Friday. We go into the office and my boss rattles in Korea to the immigration officer. The guy looks completely confused and gives my boss a, "What the heck are you talking about?" look. I then explain the situation in English to the guy. He says, "Ok, no problem. I'll give you 15 days to get your criminal check. Is that enough time?" And finished. Hmmm...

Cross your fingers that I won't be deported. As each day passes I get a little more worried. We'll see what happens!

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