“The rewards of tomorrow are safely hidden in the belief of never quitting and not giving up on yourself today” ~ Johnnie Dent Jr.
At last the government documents have arrived from China and I can now make my way to apply for my visa at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. Now this is getting real! From the first contact with the Christopher Ribeiro with ELS Suite, in late May, to now, it has been a test of patience and faith, and practice in being in the moment!
What I’ve managed to do in the six weeks in between, is to confirm my good health, learn more about my tenacity and stick-to-itiveness, and to prepare physically and emotionally to leave the familiar for an adventure. The team in China with English First, Zhengzhou my new Employer, has been in good communication these six weeks, too, providing updates and setting expectations, as they prepare for my arrival.
Yesterday the signed documents from the Chinese government were received by courier,they actually arrived a couple of days earlier than expected according to the tracking information. I’d been packing when the courier rang the bell! I am beside myself with excitement and an energetic feeling that I get as I’m about to jump on a wild ride!
Now I am preparing to head to the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. I’ll need the Government docs I’ve received, a completed visa application, my passport, and for good measure I will take my birth certificate, ID card, and the original letter offering me employment.
The Consulate offers a regular service for $140 which takes about four business days or a bit more for expedited service and I’ll be able to obtain my visa same day. The Consulate only takes plastic payment and also has limited hours during the business week. As a note, the best way to be prepared for applying for a visa and to confirm what is required and the various means of application and payment, the estimated time to obtain the visa, is to visit country specific websites and then to take it from there. Additionally, be sure to make copies for your record of all documents that will be presented to obtain the visa.
Come Monday morning, I will catch the train in to the City and the Chinese Consulate… with this, taking the next step in my exciting journey…