Friday, 31 August 2007

UK Visa application

I went to UK VACS (Visa Application Center) this afternoon to apply for a visa. Our company paid 19k for the application fee and that is non reimbursable - so even if I get denied TY na yung pera, grabe na negosyo, tsk! I don't know if there's a possibility of being denied. Wag naman sana...

I thought I'll be leaving by next week. My project manager was already expecting me to arrive this Monday. He even sent me an email yesterday, wishing me a safe trip. He erroneously assumed I'd be flying this weekend. But he'll have to postpone my welcome party 'til the end of September because according to the consul the processing will normally take 10 to 20 working days because I'm a first timer UK visitor (yeah.. even if I already have a Work Permit) Sheeshhh, antay na naman... sobrang excited pa naman ako :(

While waiting at the center I chatted to a nurse who was sitting beside me. She told me that the embassy processing is stricter now because the last time she applied there was no biometrics screening (they now take your photo and scan your fingerprints so that the airport officials can verify your identity when you land in UK). She reckoned that it's because of the recent terrorist attacks, so additional security measures are imposed for those seeking entry to UK. I agree with her, and I also think it's also because the Prime Minister is new... everybody in the government is trying to do their job to impress him.

Out of all applied for Work Permit by our company only me got approved. The Indian HR who submitted our requirements can't explain why lumusot ako since she confirmed I also lacked the document that caused the others to get denied. Hmmm may effect yata yung smile ko sa passport picture ko :p I'll be going alone to UK. It's going to be one bloody hell of an adventure :) I hope makakasunod yung mga kasama ko agad and I hope more that Harley will be assigned there during Christmas season. This is it.. just one step away from my UK dream. I am sooo close, I hope nothing will go wrong.

4 comments:

reane said...

wow wow wow ate george! lakas talaga ng appeal mo, pati consul di nakatakas. hehehe. gudlak to you! wag mo kami kalimutan dalawin pag-uwi mo pinas ha! we will miss you. mwah!

aneshka said...

gina-torture ka sis. mag-shooting pa man daw ka for Marimar so mao na delayed nyehehee!!

Georgia said...

oi joane :) sana yung consul dito sa pinas, mabighani din... wahhh sana tuloy na tuloy na to :) syempre may pasalubong yung pmg, kaya sabayan nyo ako mag-pray... :P

sis, ingon si harley wala diri wala didto daw imo comment. oo nagbisaya sya :|

aneshka said...

kanus-a ba ko klaro mo comment... :P