As always Atlantis, thanks from us for your continued help for all of us with the same or similar problem regarding Visas an imigrasi. I trust you were in receipt of the email we sent you last week?
It's a funny old game living here. We just wish our dear friends in imigrasi were as easy to deal with as, say, the police.
Take yesterday,for instance. We'd forgotten to register my residency here with the police, so we went along to the same Poltabes as last time when we were renting another house, saw the same nice Police lady we saw then, told her we'd been staying in Jakarta for a couple of months, paid the Rp50k, and it was cut n shut, in the bag. NO problem!
From there, we drove over to kantor imigrasi, purchased all the formula we needed for extensions 1&2, along with those for my conversion to KITAS, beginning that process in just under two months time.
All that paperwork for Rp21k, but not including the materai. So far, so good.
However,today was another day,and in contrast to yesterday, was not so smooth.
But on a sidenote, a couple of questions related to the forms, if I may?
Firstly, the 'Surat Permohonan Dan Jaminan' asks, 'Penghasilan setahun'? How much is a housewife expected to earn? Afterall, it's me here as head of the family, providing care and food for her.As she's my sponsor, but I'm the provider, in theory that makes me her employer? - you see where I'm going? What kind of answer would imigrasi be happy with? I just told her to answer 'Cukup', but maybe imigrasi might try to make a song and dance out of that.
Secondly, and athough I'm crystal clear as to why I'm here, as head of the family, etc., she is confused as to what exactly to fill in (using bahasa), whether she needs to quote the articles from Marriage Law, or apa? Bless her, however good she might be terrific at cultivating a puring bush from a twig or growing a nice salad crop of radish, translation from or to English isn't really her forté. If you have a copy of the Marriage Law handy, and have time, would you please email me that? You never know, Imigrasi might choose (conveniently) to scoff at the reason she states, and laugh us out of the kantor - better have something to show them, eh?
Normally, and up until now, for the past 18months, we haven't actually had the need to fill out any extension forms, as our pejabat 'friend' has 'helped' us every month (with a tip, of course). But since all that polava with his bullsh*t, stealing our Rp6Jt and all the rest of it, not to mention what we've learned from your invaluable help (thanks), it's well past time we disposed of his 'service' - I'm sure you'd agree.
To conclude, when we visited kantor imigrasi again today, at 1pm, all the service windows of the section had the 'tutup' sign up on them. When we inquired to a young pejawai if we could extend my sosbud, he looked blank, and said they don't do that (since WHEN???). Maybe stupidity is a requisit for working there or is that a skill that has to be learned through work experience there? Other more experienced corruptors there didn't half give us some dirty looks. Maybe our 'friend' has made us famous there?
If you remember from one of my previous posts, we thought our 'friend' wasn't working there anymore. We were right, as he's now working in the Kantor KanwIl!
I see more fun n games (and headaches) on a rocky road ahead of us. What do you think?
When it rains........it fahkin pours!