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Still waiting.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change…

I think this phrase is going to become my mantra from here on in.

The last 6 weeks have definitely been a lesson in patience. Firstly, waiting for appointments with doctors, lawyers and government agencies and the frustration of turning up to pick up documents from DFAT to find they aren’t ready yet. Next up was waiting for my chance to fly to Canberra to submit my visa application and then being put back in the waiting line by the KSA Embassy requesting me fill in another form.

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I had to get myself to Canberra on Thursday July 9th to submit my visa application. Unfortunately, from the beginning of the week I had come down with a nasty virus that severely restricted the movement in my neck. This led to sleepless nights and a whole lot of pain. The one thing that did work in my favour was that I was already awake when I needed to get up early Thursday morning.

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My trip to Canberra this week went fairly well. I’ll detail that a bit later for my own sake. All my documents were in order, I signed my contract and my agent at the Cultural Mission submitted my application. They said it was as good as done so I went home and anticipated a phone call to tell me my visa was approved.

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After an early morning trip to DFAT on Wednesday, where I was informed that my documents weren’t ready and no one had bothered to contact me, I was left feeling rather frustrated at them for wasting my time. Fortunately they had redeemed themselves by lunch time when they called to let me know my documents were ready to pick up on Thursday morning. I finally felt relief walking out of the government building with my stamped documents in hand. The only thing left to do now is to take them to Canberra and submit my visa application. I advised my agent in Canberra that my application was ready and she booked me in to see the Cultural Attaché on Thursday (9th July).

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My documents are with DFAT. Finally I have completed the arduous task of gathering all of my visa documents. All that is left is to pick them up on Wednesday and fly to Canberra. Those two things are pretty straight forward so I finally feel like I don’t have to organise anything for a short while. At the least I don’t have to get up early tomorrow and that is rather nice.

I am aware that I have a lot of organising to do once my visa is approved… but I’m going to enjoy the few days of peace while I have them.

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I finally have all of my required visa documents. Yesterday I had them notarised (stamped) by a Notary Public so my next step in this whole process is to make an early morning trek into the city, first thing Monday morning, and submit the documents to DFAT for Authentication. They promise a turn around time of 2 working days so I hope to be back in the city on Wednesday morning to pick them up. Then I can notify my agent at the Cultural Mission and fly to Canberra as soon as the Cultural Attaché is available.

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After nervously avoiding my manager for the first half of the week I made myself book in a half hour catch up with her on Wednesday arvo to finally break the news. I caught up with my project leader in the morning over coffee as I wanted to tell her first and she calmed my nerves for a few hours. The anxiety was making me feel sick and while part of it was definitely the fear of telling my manager that after four years I was leaving, I think the majority of it was the frightening reality that this is really happening. For me it’s one thing to tell friends and family but when I’m actually telling people at work to expect my resignation, that’s when it gets real.

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