I finally got my passport back after 9 long, enduring months...

@Jemina (5783)
May 14, 2009 3:48am CST
I have never really appreciated my passport until now after the Home Office had it for about 9 months. I felt miserable not being able to do stuff that required it--employment and travelling. Now I felt like I won the lotto! LOL!
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• Germany
14 May 09
I am really wondering??!!?? Aren't you like me citizen of the European Union?? Isn't it our civil right to have our passports with us? Or have you done something wrong??
@Jemina (5783)
14 May 09
No, I didn't do anything wrong. LOL! I knew someone's gonna ask this. Anyway, I am also not European national but my husband is. I came here with a marriage visa which was valid only for six months and afterwards I had to apply for a Residence Card. You are right, it is our civil right to have our passport with us but when I sent my application to the Home Office I had to send my passport as well.
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• Germany
15 May 09
Ahaaaaa ... now it is clearer to me. Well, any immigrant authority in the Western World seems to be reluctant as soon as it comes to potental new citizens. Their clocks are ticking different from normal people's. I have felt ashamed several times in my life for my German local immigrant authorities when friends of mine got into their mills.
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@Jemina (5783)
15 May 09
Yes, I know what you mean. I think they are just trying to protect their territories. In many cases though they put the wrong people in the crucible. When I chased the HO by sending them a letter they told me that the Agency was engaged in removing foreign prisoners out of the country. You see? Because of these rotten tomatoes, many of the good ones get affected too.
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@Darkwing (21588)
18 May 09
Wow... that's a heck of a long time for them to have your passport my friend. Is that since your wedding? I guess your wedding has been and gone as I haven't seen you for a very long time and you were last known to be looking for a seamstress to fix your wedding dress. If it has taken place, may I offer my belated congratulations and congratulations too, on getting back your passport at long last. Brightest Blessings my friend.
@Jemina (5783)
19 May 09
I know I've been away for like 8 months. Thanks for the greetings. Actually, I posted about my wedding here if you follow this link: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1602294.aspx Yea, it's really like a hell waiting for your passport and your actions are limited. I don't understand why we have to go through all this.
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@Darkwing (21588)
20 May 09
Thank you, my friend. I went right through to the blog, and I think you've made a great job of that. The dress looked very pretty and your photos are great. Congratulations, and all the best for the future. I must say one thing though... why the heck you feel ugly sometimes, I'll never understand... you're beautiful!
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@Jemina (5783)
23 May 09
Aww, thank you (blush, blush). Regarding the passport, I never really thought it would take that long. I was so disappointed but I'm just glad it's over now.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
15 May 09
About time you posted a discussion I could respond to! Good for you! I can appreciate how frustrating it must have been having to wait so long for your passport to come back, but it's sorted now and better late than never right? I think we've all experienced the situation of not truly appreciating something until it's gone at some time or another. I wish you a wonderful future in cold weather central!
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@Jemina (5783)
15 May 09
Voila! Sir James, the great, found his way to my discussion at last. You made me confused a little bit eh? You used "appreciate" in two different context. Shame on me for not appreciating the full meaning of this word until now. This is one of the great things in myLot. I learn new things in my interaction with some of the poets/writers here. Anyway, yea, no one can truly appreciate what I have gone through unless they had been on the same boat. But really, my passport is so precious to me now--something I never thought before.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
15 May 09
As a person who's consistently traveling and living in foreign countries, my passport is by far the most important thing I have. I get funny about the visa office having it for a day, let alone 9 months! But as I said before, it's done now and you can concentrate on the future from this point forward. All's well that end's well!
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@Jemina (5783)
16 May 09
I could ramble on and on about visas, immigration, and passport but you're right. The future is what matters now.
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
18 May 09
Congratulations! How's married life? Why did they take your passport??
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
18 May 09
It's OK Jem - I now know the answer....
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@Jemina (5783)
19 May 09
Thanks for the greetings. Married life is great but sometimes I miss being single. Not that I regret being married. It's just like missing childhood now that we're grownup. You know that sort of thing? About my passport, I can't believe they kept it that long.
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
28 May 09
I am so pleased that you got your passport back after applying for your residence permit. I think that the Home Office sounds really slow. Nine months is a very long time. I am a keen traveler and I would be concerned to have my passport away from me for one day. Maybe that is one of the reasons that I didn't go to Russia. I think a person that marries a local should get their passport back within one month.
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@Jemina (5783)
3 Jun 09
I know, it's really silly for them to keep the passport that long. It's just not fair.
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@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
18 May 09
Hi, havent heard from you for sometime. Why were you not able to get the passpost and why that long. hope no problem so far.
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@Jemina (5783)
19 May 09
I know. Sorry for being away but I'm here again now and I'm glad to be back. Well, like I mentioned above, I had to apply for a Residence Card after marriage took place. But I wasn't expecting it would take that long. Even the supposedly six months which was the normal processing time was already too long. I want to rant and rave about it. It's really not fair for them to do that to us, you know?
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@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
15 May 09
Glad you got your passport back finally. It is a good thing to have. It's useful for identification too not just for traveling.
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@Jemina (5783)
15 May 09
You are absolutely right and in most cases, it's the only thing they accept especially if you want to apply for a job or open a bank account.
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• Canada
9 Sep 09
Why were you without your passport for all that time? I could not imagine being without my passport. I don't drive, and my CNIB card (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) isn't as widely accepted as a drivers licence (and why would a blind person have a drivers licence?) so my passport serves as my drivers licence in all cases where world-wide-government-recognized ID is necessary. I love my passport, and I keep it in my WALLET!!!
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@Jemina (5783)
9 Sep 09
When I got married I had a marriage visa which was valid only for 6 months and then I had to extend that and it took them 9 months to give me back my passport with the new visa. I know it's really annoying and I think it's unfair that we are treated like this but it can't be helped unfortunately.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
18 May 09
Wow. that is a very long time to have to wait for it. I am glad that you have it now though.
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@Jemina (5783)
19 May 09
I really don't understand why they had to do that.
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