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Several weeks ago our attorney asked for more papers. The Ministry wanted a copy of my police report from the US, despite having submitted a report for the original visa I used to enter the country. Not only did I have to get the report, but it requires an apostille from the state as well. I sent off several envelopes to friends, the police station, and the state of VA. Three weeks later I had the paper in hand.

We submitted the report, and the Ministry came back with yet another request. Because I am being sponsored under a family visa, my wife had to sign an affadavit stating that she had the funds to support me. She had already signed such a form in the original visa request, but now they wanted her to explicitly state how much monthly income we had. Since we are just starting our business and are still in the red, she was forced to simply lie. Our attorney made up a figure, we put it on paper, took it to the notary, and signed and submitted it. This was adequate. Since there is no cross-referencing of information here between public agencies, there´s no concern that maybe the Ministry will check with the Tax Service to see what our latest tax returns have been.

We got the good news today the the visa has been approved. Now we just have to wait until September 15 when the head of the visa section can sign the approval.

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