We received the next step in our process last Friday. It's THE CHECKLIST. Oooh. Eduardo received a packet of information in the mail including his official approval letter and a list of all the documents we need to gather and bring to the last interview. Included in this, he is also required to have another medical exam since it has been over a year since the first one he had. This will run us another $300 or so like the first one and some doctor in El Salvador is getting really rich off of the
Eduardo has been trying to call to schedule his final appointment with no luck today. He can't seem to get through to the right person who does the scheduling. They won't just connect you with someone else, you see. You have to hang up and call the numbers in the "packet", which is a number that will cost you $7 to call of course. Again, a super wonderful way for them to make money. We have to pay to make our own fricking appointment! I'm hoping to hear back from someone on the forum to see if there is another number we can call.
Eduardo actually went for the medical today with again no luck. He got there at 7am and it was too late. The offices were closed on Monday so there was a backlog of people waiting. They had reached the maximum amount of people for the day and told Eduardo to go back tomorrow and be there at 5am.
The biggest bummer was that Eduardo had driven the car into the city and now wasted $20 in gas for NOTHING. $20 may not seem like a lot to most people, especially in the States. But in El Salvador, it's a lot of money and for hubby right now, it's a LOT of money. Poor guy :( So he drove home and packed a bag to then take the bus back to the city. He is staying at his aunt's house tonight because there's not a bus from our town that will get him to the city by 5am. He will call me tomorrow after the appointment.
So I'm hoping tomorrow we make some progress and I will update ya'll. My goals for tomorrow are to 1.) have Eduardo's medical exam done and 2.) to have his final appointment at the embassy scheduled. The appointments are being scheduled for 3-4 weeks out at this point so I'm hoping that will give us a general idea of when he may be able to come back. Yay!! Whenever it is, it's not soon enough :)