Saturday, 26 January 2008

healthy as a horse

Whew! So glad that's done. I had my medical exam and lab work and chest x-ray needed for my New Zealand residency application. Time spent at the medical clinic totaled two and a half hours. Then two days later I went back in to pick it all up. I had been quite nervous about it, apparently unnecessarily so. My doctor was very nice about it and agreed to do all the paperwork herself, rather than sending it to Medical Records (as I was told must be done at the front desk) which would have taken weeks to get back. The chest x-ray was done at my clinic, but had to be sent to a radiologist off-site, and though I worried about it, the form for the radiologist went off with the x-ray, and came back correctly filled in. Once I got it all back, I celebrated in the classic Kiwi way, with beans on toast.

So now I've pretty much collected everything I need to submit my application. Last thing is for Aidan to get a couple of passport photos. I've gotten mine already. I needed three for my medical forms, so I got the extra 2 for the application at the same time. Oh, but I need to go to Staples tomorrow to get some more ink for my printer. I'm running out, and need to print up the application (24 pages), and the sponsorship form (12 pages). A few weeks ago I had called the NZ Embassy in Washington, DC to get them to send me copies of the form (wanting the nice, official versions), but they didn't have any to send! Told me I had to print off the web. So I will.


Marrisa said...

Goodness me! Your immigration story is going to be the longest anyone will have ever heard! What a long long time its taking to sort everything out but in the end you will get there. The months are already moving quickly, I am getting excited about you move!!

Let me know if you need a hand with us xxx

PS. Oh and the beans on toast is a British thing too, and that photo you used of the plate is from Ye Old English times!

JG said...

Hi we've been here 3 years and now have residency. Our twins were born here and are New Zealand Citizens which is strange and now I have the strange thing of applying for their British passports when I'm their British dad!
When I had my xray the radiographer came into reception while I was waiting and asked the receptionist in rather a strange tone "can I have a ruler." I thought that's it enlarged heart or tumor. When he handed me the results I asked him what the ruler was for. He said
"just making sure your heart is in the right place!" Which I think it was and should be a requirement for any one wanting to settle in another persons country!!