I spent the morning in at the Dept of Immigration in the city, paying for the visa application that will be sent to Chile.
It’s a little confusing as to where to go – but I finally worked out that first you line up at the counters near the main entrance, where you eventually get allocated a number (or redirected) based on the nature of your enquiry. Then you go upstairs and wait in the waiting room until your number is called.
Fortunately I only had to wait about 20 minutes or so and the guy who assisted me was quite efficient and processed the payment without much fuss. All up, I was probably there well under an hour – when I was expecting to be there all morning based on Leanne’s experience a few years back.
The fees have gone up – I checked, last time it cost us $1,420 for the application, but this time it was $1,995 … a 40% increase in 3 years!
At least I had plenty of time to get the various copies made of the documents and then express-post them all to the adoption support agency ready to send to Santiago – so that’s all done.
Later in the afternoon, I drove out to the airport to pick up my parents, who had flown over at rather short notice to help look after Andres while we got ourselves organised with the paperwork and packing for Colombia.
They’ve only been back from their 6 week trip to Ethiopia, Morocco and Spain for a few weeks, so it was good to catch up with them and talk about their trip.