It's insane how fast it moves.
I had to send:
- One official transcript OR a notarized copy of your diploma
- Visa confirmation number
- Copy of employment contract (does not need to be signed by the employer)
- Completed Visa Application (call your nearest consulate and they'll email you one)
- Completed Consul Checklist (call your nearest consulate and they'll email you one)
- Completed Health Statement (call your nearest consulate and they'll email you one)
- One passport size photo
- Passport- YOU MUST SEND YOUR ACTUAL PASSPORT. THE VISA ISSUING OFFICER MUST STAMP DIRECTLY IN TO THE PASSPORT.
- $45 (cash or money orders only made payable to Korean Consulate. Personal checks are NOT acceptable)
- Resume detailing your work/teaching experience including all experience in Korea
- Postage paid self-addressed Express Mail (USPS) or FedEx envelope for return of your documents & visa- (if you are picking up your visa then you do not need to send the envelope)
It's a little daunting the amount of money I've had to spend to get all of the documents I need.
To overnight things I've spent about $150 to FedEx or DHL. Another $18 for the apostille on my college diploma. Another $18 for my FBI Background Check. Then $45 to USLegalization to expedite the apostille for my FBI Background Check. The USPS got about $20 from me for postage to and from the FBI and Florida Government. Finally, $45 for the actual visa.
That's about $300 total. That's about what I made in a week at Publix.
I'm so glad I don't have to pay for my plane ticket. They should be purchasing one for me as soon as I get my visa. I should be on my way out of the country a week from today or so. They really want me to arrive before the current teachers leave, which I think is on the 29th. So that means the 28th for us, since they're a day ahead.
It really hit me last night when I realized I'll probably be gone in a week. Part of me is nervous and just a tad afraid of what the future will hold, but the rest of me is excited. I can't wait! Or, rather, I can, because I still have so much to do!!!!
I wrote the eulogy for my mother's funeral this evening. I cried a bit while writing it, so I'm sure I'm going to be in total tears when I'm reading it this Friday. I read it to Elinore and my dad read it. He seemed to get a little choked up when he read it. I don't want anyone else to see it before I read it, so I'll put it up here after Friday.
The obituary went up today. Here's the link to the online version of it: My Mother.