Received an email from the consulate yesterday. Be here at noon tomorrow with your passport, it said.
So, I went downtown early and stopped by the old workplace. Had a good visit with my former colleagues and set up tentative dates to do orientation / onboarding sessions with the two research analysts that are starting on Monday. Fun times.
At the consulate the visa person took a photo of me, I did a fingerprint scan, we talked about Mexico and our plans there, I went to the cajero and paid the small fee for the US side of the processing and walked out with the residente temporal document attached to my passport. There is still a lot do once we arrive in Mérida and go to the immigration office. In terms of showing documentation of our income and assets that qualify me for this status, it is almost like back to square one. The requirements may be different (showing one year rather than the six months required at the consulate, for example), but I am confident it will go smoothly.
On the sorting and packing front, big progress was made this week, and we are ready to resume tomorrow morning. Kathy leaves on January 9 to visit her sister in Arizona and I think we will be pretty much done by then – except for the bins of papers that I need to sort into recycle boxes and shred boxes. We have some old computer gear to recycle, and I have the mailing labels for them. I just need to get them plugged in, booted up and wipe the hard drives
Onward and forward!!