The Wait is Over!
I bet you were all starting to think we fell off the earth in another earthquake since we’ve been so quiet here on our adventure blog. It has been 2 months since our last post and so much seems to have happened I’m going to start at the most recent event and then post backwards from there. Just to warn you this may end up being a longer post.
The biggest news and update of all is that we’re officially staying in New Zealand for at least 1 year. That’s right, after having been in the works for the past few months we finally received our visas! We were super excited to get the news 2 weeks ago. Here is how it all came about: the end of November Joseph met with a recruiting agency in Wellington and they told him about a job in Napier, a city 4 hours northeast of Wellington and in the area we have been hoping to find a job. He submitted his CV (the international version of a resume) and left it at that. We then decided that we should go check out Napier, or Hawke’s Bay as the region is called, so we ventured out on our first road trip at the beginning of December to visit the area. While we were there the recruiter called and told joseph that the company wanted to interview him and could Skype with him later in the week. When joseph mentioned that we were actually in the area visiting she suggested that since we were there that she’d see if they could line up an in person interview. They met with joseph the next day and then we waited to hear back. They called him a week later and flew him out for a second interview and after beating out about 30 other candidates, he was offered the job! That was very nice, but there was still more work to be done. He was offered the position contingent on getting our visas and he had a start date of mid-February. We rushed to get our visa applications in before the Christmas holidays only to have Joseph send off all the applications, passports, and various other paperwork needed without including his own Passport! In our haste to get everything sent off before the holidays, his passport slid off the stack as he drove to the post office and went under the passenger seat. We managed to get it all squared away again, only to have everything sit at immigration for 2 weeks doing nothing because of the holidays.
So while we waited, we experienced Christmas and New Years in the southern hemisphere, moved from Wellington, up to Havelock North and figured out how to get the kids into school, all of which I will post about soon.
January 23rd Joseph called immigration to see the status and was told that we hadn’t even been assigned a case officer and that our applications were on hold for medical review and that it could still be 3-4 weeks before we heard anything. We were devastated. With that kind of time frame we had no idea what it would mean for the job offer and ultimately our stay in New Zealand. Our immigration attorney had called to find out the status as well and he was told the same thing. At this point there was nothing we could do about it, so we just kept on with the positive thoughts and prayers that everything would work out. On Friday that same week we got the best most unexpected call from our lawyer who had just been informed that our visas had been approved! We were over the moon, but still had to wait a few weeks for them to get to us.
Then on February 2nd as we were on our way to walk the kids to school our oldest checked the mail box and there were our passports with visas attached! Once again we cheered and were so excited. I think that best part was that with visas and passports in hand we could now officially enroll the kids in school!
We are so excited to finally feel secure in our dream and our new adventure. With all 3 kids in school each day and with Joseph starting his new job (which he started last Monday) we are starting to carve out a sense of normalcy and routine. Now I just have to find something to occupy my time…