Thursday, March 01, 2007

I Forgot to Mention...

I'm legal again! Not that I've ever been here (Holland) illegally, but my last residence permit took nearly a year-and-a-half to arrive. But arrive it has!

In We've Gotten Through To A Human I expressed great hope that things between me and the IND (dutch imigration authority) had improved... dramatically. As it turns out, it was all true! Unbelievably, I'm now a valid resident through to the year 2011!

Until now, this has been an annual process. Months worth of paperwork, lining up, waiting, each and every year. But no more! Or at least, not so much more.

What really makes this incredible news is that this last permit was originally denied. Apparently years ago I filed a form past a deadline. So my residence permit was denied and the one before that was retroactively nulified. Pardon? Yes, that's correct.

So I'm pretty excited. Not only was I granted my permit, but it's the "semi-permanent" 5- year version. Next step... inburgering!

5 comments:

Quilldancer said...

Morgan -- congratulations on being legally legal -- which you never weren't. (I am so confused.)

narcosis in paradise said...

congratulations !!!! I know this is big for you. I wish you all the best.

Minka said...

That is good news and since you are on a roll, maybe you should start on the next application for the year 2012, that way they might legalize you in time :)

IDiveAtNight said...

Quilly, imagine being a legal resident, with no ID to show it. It makes border crossing more exciting.

Wanda, you know this permit just might also allow me to live in Bonaire, eh?!? Woohoo!!!

Minka, GREAT advice! Did you have to play these games when you moved to Iceland? Given that you seem to understand the process, I guess yes.

Irene said...

Wow, congratulations !! And you took the first step already: you wrote "inburgering" without any mistakes....

Big hug,

Irene