We got word yesterday morning that there was a problem with our visa application. It seems somewhere between Alan’s company putting together our information and the lawyers in Dublin submitting it to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, someone forgot to include paperwork that showed our healthcare would be covered for the duration of our stay. Kind of a big deal when you’re applying to live in a foreign country with a socialized healthcare system and they don’t want immigrants to be a drain on their resources. After a frantic morning – Labor Day in the U.S., no less – of sending the lawyers every shred of available documentation that we possibly could, we were assured the paperwork was enough to take back to the person responsible for approving our visa. We wrote back and asked for timelines. They wrote back and gave us lawyer speak. Then someone interjected to say they’d prepare a letter of support but then didn’t actually do it. More questions about expected timelines. This morning there were a few emails exchanged between everyone and STILL no estimated timeline given. Why they can’t answer a simple question is beyond me. Maybe it has something to do with liability. If they never give us a straight answer, the next time something goes wrong they can say, “that’s not what I said.”
The biggest disappointment at this point though is that no apologies for what has become a colossal debacle have been forthcoming, no acknowledgement that we did everything right and that still things got messed up.