Monday, April 26, 2010

Visa Issues

So I return to São Paulo and arrive at passport control. The man scans my passport (I have dual nationality, so I have been spending six months on each passport), stares at the screen for what seems like an eternity and begins to make odd faces. "Um Problema?" I ask coyly. He prodded at a few more keys on the computer and then asked in a matter-of-fact way whether I would like to spend three days in Brazil or rather go straight back home to England.

The blood drained from my face.

It appears my bright idea to use two passports was not wholly endorsed by immigration control and am now in the interesting position of being an illegal. No idle immigrant me, though - I am scrambling to get my paperwork in order to stay (it should take about four weeks, I am told) and am positively embracing the Brazilian bureaucracy in the only way an "estrangeiro" can: with trepidation and gusto!

Thank you to all that have been praying for a quick resolution to the situation. I'll keep you updated!

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