Visa Processing, ISD Memories
Yesterday my wife went to Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to have the birth certificate (issued by NSO) of our kids authenticated. Also, she provided a copy of the birth certificate to the translation office (to be translated to Arabic). She was told that as soon as DFA released the authenticated document (in ‘red ribbon’) the translated document will be simply attached. The cost of translation is P500 per document. Cost for authentication is P100.
Meantime, today my wife went to ISD (International Skill Development) and submitted our documents. She was told that it is not necessary to translate the NSO-issued birth certificate of our kids since we have the original birth certificates issued by the Saudi Government (both our kinds were born in Saudi Arabia). But was advised that the DFA authenticated document will be submitted as well to the Saudi Embassy. DFA will release this authenticated birth certificate on Friday.
At ISD, my wife was processed for medical referral as required by GAMCA. It is unfortunate that there had been a technical problem on the system thus, she was not scheduled right away for medical tests which should had been tomorrow. She may take it on Monday (as she was informed GAMCA Office is closed on Thursday and Friday, I don’t know if this office is always closed on these days).
Good thing is that my kids will not undergo medical exams (unlike in IPAMS, they are still requiring even kids to undergo medical tests). I am not sure though if my wife will be subjected to both Phase I and Phase II.
My wife informed me that she met with my previous bosses, the President of ISD as well as the Vice President who is my direct boss and ‘partner-in-crime’. I worked in ISD and I consider it my family. Our work relationship is in the atmosphere of a family. All are hardworking, yet we always have time for bonding moments (though some part of which is work-related and with clients). We use to stay at the office even after office hours to play cards and have some round of beer (my max is 4 bottles). We also visit bars in Makati, Manila and Pasay. I am usually with the VP especially hitching a ride because his place of residence is near mine. I am also with the VP when we conducted recruitment campaigns in Cebu and Davao (such a nice experience). I miss these guys.
I even remember a time, while me and the VP is on the taxi on the way home (after enteraining a client) when my wife called my cellphone (obviously fuming mad as it is already 4:30AM that I am not yet at home). I passed the phone to the VP so that he is the one to confirm we are still together – performing our job. I arrived home at around 5:30AM, simply took a bath, changed my clothes then went back to office to report for work. I have a client (we are on a recruitment campaign) thus I need to go back to the office soon that day. I miss those days and do not complain.
And of course, it is the kindness of the President of ISD that brings me back here in Saudi Arabia thru his contacts and channels. If not for him, I won’t be here.