All my documents are still in DC with ProEx. I’m at a virtual standstill with everything now. There is one important thing I’ve been able to take care of, though, in the interim. I went to the Board of Education yesterday and requested the confirmation of employment letter that ADEC will need when I arrive in the Emirates. Now it’s back to waiting.
Well, it’s time for Money Monday. Yup, I figured anyone interested in traveling or working or living in Abu Dhabi is probably curious about what the proposition costs. So here we go: today I spent more money than ever before at the Post Office.
Yup, I got my documents back from Atlanta, and turned around a put them in the mail to DC, along with a money order for $239. The money order covers the cost of document authentication at the State Department and at the Embassy of the UAE. It also covers a $125 fee for ProEx Delivery Corporation. Their fee isn’t cheap, but it does expedite the whole process. I’ll tell you more about ProEx another time. Anyway, with priority shipping to and from DC, and the money order, I spent $251 at the Cuthbert Post Office today.
Thus far, the authentication process has cost me $30 at the Secretary of State’s office, too, plus shipping to and from Atlanta (which has to be included twice, because they sent it back once and I had to reship it–another $7) at $14, and the total comes to $295.
My next post will discuss the authentication process. Alright, enough of Money Monday. Sleep well.
Well, actually, it’s not a failure, really, it’s a minor setback. My documents came back from the SOS in Atlanta today–and lo and behold, they didn’t need a notarized copy of my marriage certificate, they needed the original. Lo and behold, the SOS website says as much, but I was too hurried to pay it careful enough attention. Still, I called the SOS office to be sure I had everything done correctly before I mailed it, and I said, “I have copies of my degree, my teaching certificate, and my marriage certificate, all notarized, and a statement from the local Clerk of Court for all of them. Does this sound right?” The reply was, “Yes.” So I figured I’d be good, right? I mean, I confirmed everything with the very office I was mailing these things to. I almost included the original marriage certificate when I mailed everything, just to be on the safe side, but then I decided against it. Silly me. Now I’m set back about a week. The extra week wouldn’t really matter, but Teach Away has decided to bump the “due date” for finalized documents up to May 9 (a deadline which I can’t possibly make, even if everything is expedited). So there is a certain stress factor, but I’m determined not to worry inordinately about it. Things will progress as quickly as possible, and that’s just the way it is.
Heck, I might just drive up there one day next week and hand-deliver everything in Atlanta. Sure, it’ll cost me $50 in gas, but at least it’ll be done instantly and I can move on. Or I could just pay another $7.00 and use the postal service. Comparing numbers makes the post office look pretty good. Yeah, I’ll probably just mail it all.