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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Not So Smooth Sailing

I have been quite anxious about finishing my citizenship process. Somehow that has been re-instilled in me. Back when I first began acquiring the documents, I was so excited. At some point, I became a bit disinterested after my appointment, and with the amount of money being poured into it, I altogether stopped everything.

Luckily, I have a fantastic translator who works closely with the consulate, and know the basic rules surrounding jure sanguinis. She was able to tell me that rules had changed, everything was being processed much quicker. My remaining documents to be translated were all scanned over to her, and are currently being translated. She was a bit alarmed by the amount of scans included in my e-mail. Howeverm I re-assured her that it was not as overwhelming as she thought. Instead of 18 pages, there was actually half that amount. The marriage certificates from NYC were much longer than all the other documents, and did not quite fit on my scanner. I had to create two scans for each page, just to show all the information.

In addition, my second request for my great grandfather's death certificate was again rejected. The letter I received asked that a notarized affidavit be sent in with copies of the required documents for the dual citizenship process. This would mean its not entirely unobtainable. During my appointment in Newark in 2011, they asked that I request this document again, and if the state still decided not to issue, to send paperwork stating so. In my preparation for sending out these requirements to NY State, I went to the consulate website to print out their requirements. Previously, the website showed that birth, marriage and death certificates were required. However, now the website does not even mention death certificates.

I quickly emailed my translator to see if there was someone I could contact in regard to this. If they no longer require it, that would mean I'm actually done and have everything! Once the translations are completed I can finally apply!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hold Your Translator Dear to You!

As I have probably mentioned many times on here, I have been procrastinating finishing my citizenship. But enough is enough. By mistake, I sent my last document request in April to the NYC office for record requests, instead of NY State. Earlier, this mistake would not have been made, as I had memorized where every document request had to be made throughout the entire process.

I had forgotten!

I had begun emailing my translator back in January stating I need a couple of more docs translated. She replied, no problem! Yesterday, I sent a follow-up apologizing for the delay as I had been procrastinating, and that I would still need docs translated. She told me to stop procrastinating, get my papers organized because Newark is now setting up appointments and processing much faster. I then told her that during my appointment, they had told me I needed to apply the NY... This was probably why I was procrastinating so much. I had read about many horror stories involving the NY consulate, and experienced unpleasant conversations with one of their workers.
Very unhelpful.
Very rude.
Very strict.

They do not like to budge!

She then quickly emailed me back, "don't send them to NY. Send them into Newark. New rules."

Ok, so what the new rules are exactly, I have no idea. But, I'm sending my papers to Newark then, and suddenly became motivated. I created a spreadsheet of all my documents I needed, a column for everything that needed a copy of the original, and everything left for translation... It turned out I had more documents to be translated - a total of 5!

I just finished scanning them all into the computer, and quickly wrote up another e-mail to her. Hopefully she doesn't freak out at the amount of scans. There were probably 12 pages. UGH!

Tomorrow, I'll begin making copies of everything that needs copies and make sure all the copies are clear. I may need to re-copy some of them as parts look either cut off or not clear. The fact that I am so much closer to the finish line, makes me SO excited. She renewed my faith in finishing the process finally.

I will let everyone know once everything's been organized. I will have everything ready by the time the last doc request comes back, which will probably take 3 weeks. Then email that final translation over, and I'm all set! :)