Scotiabank only needs one last thing from us in order to open our bank account and oh my goodness, I think I may have hit a little snag…They want a letter from our immigration attorney simply confirming that we have retained her services for the Pensionado application. (sounds simple..right? Well…..) I spoke with her assistant this morning, he told me that she will not do that until we have our actual Cedula (Panamanian ID) . I explained, we are not asking them to tell the bank that we have our Cedula, just that we have retained the services of an attorney to facilitate our application… He told me (sounding somewhat annoyed, I may add) that I could talk to Mayra and see what she says…Grrrrrr! It’s rather Frustrating that this one little thing could put the cabash on our ability to establish a bank account until our visa is in hand. Ug! We’ll see where this goes…
Then back to the never-ending collection of documents we need in order to get our Pensionado application under way!! No! It’s not even underway yet!! Our situation is a tad bit complicated because of the way that we are choosing to prove our lifetime income (required for this Pensionado visa). We are using an annuity to satisfy this ‘lifetime income’ requirement and so are required to show proof of validity of the institution that we purchased the annuity from. (this is our punishment for retiring early and being too young for Social Security!) This and a letter from the bank that holds the Annuity confirming that they are an actual institution. We have these two documents but here’s where we’re hitting a snag..the documents needed to be ‘Notarized’… done! (Scott did this while he was in PC, at the U.S. Embassy in PC)! Then they needed to be either “Authenticated” or “Apostilled”….Stay with me now….We had them “Notarized” at the U.S. Embassy in Panama City…then we sent them to Washington DC to the Panamanian Embassy to be “Authenticated” But oooops! They cannot ‘Authenticate’ them because they were ‘Notarized’ in Panama, not in the U.S.!!! HUH? Okayyyyyy…..(taking deep breaths and remembering to hold on tight to my Tranquilol!) so now I’m spending my entire morning trying to reach The Secretary of State in Washington DC to see if they can “Apostille” A document previously Notarized by a U.S. Federal agent at the American Embassy in Panama??? Gulp! Meanwhile folks, our FBI reports are over 90 days old…possibly no good anymore! I’m wondering if I can have the FBI report “Re-Apostilled”? Not likely, but worth asking…maybe? I have a feeling we’ll be going through the whole fingerprinting and getting a NEW FBI report all over again! But wait! I’ll keep thinking positive…. maybe just having a new Apostille will do the trick, not likely, but wouldn’t that be great! For now, here I sit, waiting to hear back from all the voicemail messages I’ve left this morning! And enjoying my blogging vent! 🙂
Meanwhile…I’m taking lot’s of deep breaths and trying my darnedest to be patient! I know a lot of people who have gone through this process, all with varying degrees of frustration, (and I know a few who had very little frustration…. sticking my tongue out at you! LOL! ) so I know I’m not alone! Honestly, some of the craziness that others have gone through makes mine seem fairly mild. Some reading this may even be saying,”What’s she whining about!, That ain’t nothin’!” Yep, I am kinda whining, but, hey…I feel much better so, be glad for me! Blah! Blah! Blah! This is just part of the Adventure! And given the fact that I’m always raving about the rainbows and hummingbirds, fresh clean air and the joys of not having to have a job anymore…I wanted to be sure to also share the parts that aren’t so wonderful!! And this part, trying to get paperwork, documents and a plethora of requirements gathered for our permanent visa and to establish our bank account are challenging my Tranquilo today. But, I’m pretty sure tomorrow will be better, heck, probably “Tonight” will be better, just gotta make it till ‘Happy Hour!” Ha!Ha!
So to all my friends and family in CA who keep asking us when we’re coming back to get our container packed up an shipped out to Panama… Geesh! It’s hard to say, as you can see. The whole reason for leaving all our belongings in storage and postponing shipping them was to take advantage of the one time exemption of import taxes on a shipping container from your country of origin that one gets with the Pensionado Residency Visa. We really didn’t expect to run into so many snags. Now we know that we should have gotten many of the documents gathered before we left the states….hindsight! The one part that we had no choice but to wait on was the proof of lifetime income. Because it’s coming from an Annuity they wanted to see three months bank statements from it and we had to wait till our house sold to purchase it. The minute our attorney in Panama City has all our required documents, Appostilled, Authenticated, Notarized and signed in Blood (okay, now I’m over exaggerating, but Geesh!) And we are “IN Process”, then and only then can we go back to the States and get our belongings all packed up and shipped out. And then the visiting can commence. But it will not be a long visit and it’ll be impossible for me to see everyone, I’m so sorry to say. My main focus will be that daughter of mine, who I miss more than anything! My fingers are crossed that we’re getting closer to being done with this part and we can send all this crap to our Attorney soooooon! There! Venting is done!! Ha! 🙂