So not everything here is always peaches and cream all the time. Imagine that. 🙂
The no electricity thing, the no running water thing, you kind of get used to those things after a while. It’s those unexpected moments that come up that really test your patience and push to your knees in prayer.
Case and point, we have been here since June 26. We came in on a Tourist Visa. When you are on a Tourist Visa you have to leave the country every 60 days. The thing is though, you only get to have 3 of those each year. Effectively you only get 6 months each year in Thailand if you are on a Tourist Visa.
So if you are wanting to stay in Thailand for long term you need to have a work permit. Sounds easy enough, but when you are dealing with government, it’s not always that easy. When you are a teacher like myself, you have a three step process you have to complete. You have to get approval from the Education Department, the Labor Department, and Immigration.
We’ve gotten through the Education and Labor Departments. Our last step with Immigration has proved to be the most difficult. Immigration in Kanchanaburi has about 4 people that work in the office. The lady that is in charge of our paperwork has refused to approve it because she does not believe that two of the documents that we have are not authentic. What are those two documents you ask? My marriage license and my children’s birth certificate. LOL
Really?! Do you actually think I smuggled a black woman and two black children into Thailand just to get a work permit so I can work on a project where I don’t get paid? Hmmm, yeah you’re right, sounds fishy.
So how do I fix this problem? How do I authenticate those documents when I am not in the states? After making several phone calls to government offices we think we have a solution.
The solution…go to Bangkok. On Tuesday, I go to Bangkok to the US Embassy. There I will file a Notarized Affidavit. Then we will leave and go to the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs to authenticate the translation of those documents into Thai. After that, we will attempt to go back to Immigration to get our final step of approval.
If that sounds like a lot of effort and time, you’re right, it is. But let’s not downplay the magnitude of this situation. If we don’t get this last step approved by March 18th, we have a problem. The problem, we can’t stay in the country without that approval. I’ll let that sink in for a second.
Where would we go, what would we do?
That’s a good question.
Whatever it is, I’m really not concerned about it. I’ve left the worrying up God. He’s always got a plan.