Yesterday i had the thrilling task of going to immigration. Back in February, i sent in my application and i received the 'visa en tramite' (visa in process of being 100% approved) within a month (that's not normal, it can take up to 3 months sometimes). However, on receiving the paper, i noticed that i'd been given a 10 month visa. In order to import my stuff my Argentina without having to pay duty, i need a visa for 12 months (all my things are already here and i've got up to a year to process them formally). So i got in touch with the people at immigration and asked why i'd only been given 10 months. The answer? By mistake. But because everything had been put into the system and the paper had been stamped, there was no simple switcheroo-i had to re-apply. Almost 3 months later i'm still waiting for news.
So i decided that enough was enough and it was time to pay a visit to immigration. For various reasons, it was more convenient for me to process the original visa in Santiago-this means that i had to go to Santiago to ask what the hold up was. Extranjeria in Santiago is hell. You have to get there early-it opens at 8.30 but you need to be there by 8 at the latest. After setting off at 6.15am from Renaca, that's the time i arrived. And i arrived to this:
I had to wait in line to get a number (55). Then i left and went for breakfast-for some reason, no one else there thought of this brilliant idea. I returned 45 minutes later and within 15 minutes i was at the desk. If you end up in immigration, allow for 30 numbers every half hour to be sure you don't miss your turn. Apparently, there's no problem with my visa and it should be processed within a couple of weeks. A bit of a wasted trip. But at least i got to see a scuffle in the queue when a couple of Bolivians tried to push in front of some Peruvians. Security was called. Most entertaining. Nothing major, just some pushing and typical South American racial insults.
Anyway, i got back yesterday evening and we had a really nice sunset. So here's another pretty picture for you.