*****THE CONSULATE STATED THAT THE ORDER OF OUR APPLICATION WAS WRONG AND A FORM IS MESSED UP, NOT SURE WHAT FORM YET. THEY STATED THEY WANT THE APPLICATION ORGANIZED BY FAMILY MEMBERS NOT BY FORMS LIKE I DID...OF COURSE. THEY ALSO STATED THAT THEY WANTED THE LETTER OF MOTIVATION SIGNED BY ALL OF US AND NOTARIZED, AS WELL AS A LETTER FROM MY EMPLOYER STATING THAT I WILL NOT BE WORKING. I WILL UPDATE THIS ONCE I GET ALL THE INFO. NONE OF THIS WAS MENTIONED IN THE EMAIL THAT SAID WE WERE GOOD TO SEND IN THE ORIGINALS SO KEEP THAT IN MIND 06/17/2021
To finally turn in this application is like the best high ever!! I feel like these are the moments when you realize you're a grown-up, when turning in applications make you thrilled, haha. I've been a little late in posting because, as you know, I find ways to make my life as difficult as possible; I have been working full-time up until the moment we leave on our coastal road trip, while packing up our house to move since we sold it. If you didn't know, we have plane tickets for July 15th and turned our application in on June 9th and what I'm hearing is it takes about 4 weeks, so fingers crossed!!
I decided it might be helpful to show pictures of our application, how we compiled it, etc. Depending on your consulate, some of it may be different, but the core will be the same. Because we have pretty much 4 weeks until we leave and need this approved ASAP, I put a copy of our plane tickets in hopes they will have mercy on us. Moving the flight date wouldn't suck if we wouldn't have to rearrange dog stuff...What can I say? I love living on the edge rawwrrr...So without further adeu? Ado? Yes! Adieu (thank you, google), here is the application we turned in, in order.
Oh, real quick, so we initially emailed our copies to our Spanish Consulate in LA, and of course, during a holiday, it took about a week for them to say we were missing a picture of Johnny's ID. We sent that in, get a email saying we can send in our copies and the address to send them to. You pick up the Visas in person, so no return envelope is needed (if this changes when Covid is up, I will modify this). Ok, for real, without further adieu, haha, the application!
Found a folder that has 2o pages, of plastic sleeves, and if you go back to back, it's 40 pages technically? I don't know, but I put these pages in a million times due to all the mistakes I made, so yeah, that was a blast...don't rip the plastic! Also, I swear I bought labels at least twice and could never find them...
Optional Pity Plane Tickets
While I'm writing this, my son keeps changing the languages on his tablet and is currently playing a Peppa Pig game in Japanese, which I feel demonstrates his need for multiple languages. Haha...ok, continue! Next up is what I will call our "we didn't need to post our plane tickets but please see these and get us visas before then." Also, our cashier's check which for the LA consulate, the price for all 3 of our applications, was $459... It may differ based on your consulate.
I feel like now is the time to remind you that I'm super bad at tech and not good at all with blacking stuff out, bluing stuff out? So I just scribbled on anything that may get us stalked or sued (If we get famous and stuff). Onward! the next page is a cover page I thought would grease some wheels...I was going to do a family pic but couldn't figure it out! Back to my son, because I'm sure you were wondering, I was able to switch Peppa Pig to Espana so at least he would start learning Spanish, and he got mad at me and switched it back to Japanese.
Letter of Motivation
Next on our application tour, we will be putting the letter of motivation, which isn't on pretty much anyone's consulate checklist, but do it anyway. We had our lawyer translate it because it doesn't need to have a sworn translator because it's not even on the checklist haha. The letter of motivation is a giant love letter to Spain, the help them get to know you and approve the application...
Back to the kid! Success, my kid stopped playing the game, and because it was just repeating the same phrase in Japanoese, I said, "can you please change it to Spanish," and he actually did! And even said, "I wuv Spanish" he is 3; and that was a parenting win!! Back to application!
Super important all documents will be an original, a copy of the original, and if there are translations, you will also need a copy of the translation.
Letter of Motivation
Copy of letter
Next up, we added the email that stated we were good to send the originals...thank you, google translate for helping me understand this.
From there, I put something out of order, but it just happened, so...the Declaration Page, which I'm not going to lie, I just signed not understanding it, because it was in Spanish. Luckily I really trust my lawyer. From my broken Spanish, I think it was like we don't guarantee crap; we may lose your crap but sign here if you want a visa...Now I have one signed for all three of us...I signed Jackson's as a parent representative... I don't know if I needed it but skrew it!
Copy of Declaration Page
At this point, it is 930pm, and my husband put on the unicorn song which I think is putting me to sleep more than my son... It is sleep baby Xanax...here is the link for parents or fellow insomniacs https://youtu.be/SDr0bmEPoxE. And I'm also like 2 mimosas deep soooo... And before you say it mimosas do not have to be only for breakfast!
OH, and I forgot to mention tomorrow we are homeless from selling our house and are making a 1 month trip along the coast of California to say goodbye to people, so we are supposed to get up at 5 am...so 930pm is pushing it, haha...On the trip, maybe I will stop being so freaked out and finally appear on camera with some cool California footage...anyways, what was next? Ah yes, the Visa Application. I will show all three of ours, and you have to include a passport photo...We found an app that lets you do it and printed it out on photo paper...I hate my pic, but whatever c'est la vie hehe.
Copy of Application
A passport photo to attach to the application
I'm not gonna lie; I think I am fading fast, I am so tired..the kid passed out to the best sleep aid song ever, and it's about to claim another victim...this is like time travel...you will never know there was a break because once it is submitted, it will be a continual stream for you. Still, for me, it will be hours..that's how time travel works, right? Anyways I will resume this tomorrow and add the next million pages...
Hi! I'm back; See time travel! We are officially homeless and have started our 1 month trip to say goodbye to family. We just came back from Sequoia National Park! I'm hoping to post the pics and make our first video, but I really suck at editing so we will see. In the meantime, what's next..? Next is your passport or travel document.
Copy of Passport
Proof of ID
I wasn't super jazzed about the next piece, but we have to send it, which is our original driver's license. There are other options, but we didn't have them, so...The whole point of this is to prove you live in the jurisdiction of the consulate. According to the lawyer, she has had all her clients send them, and we are on a time crunch, so we don't want to waste time and sent it. We have already gotten our international driver's license (tell you how next article), so we figure if we get pulled over, we can show them that and explain our situation. we also have passport cards that we can use as our identification ***tip Insta Cart does not accept passport cards to get booze...we had to have our neighbor scan his ID...It's like fishing for alcohol again!
Original Driver's License
Copy of Driver's License
I totally forgot to take a pic soooo