I hope someone out there can give me some advice. I've applied for Perm Residency (Jan 11) and as of today am still waiting for a reply, by next Friday it will have been 9 whole months. My question is, does anyone know how long this process takes/can take to complete?
I was under the impression that whilst the Visa is in process somebody would be checking the details on my application e.g. phoning my employer to see if I really work where I say I work, or write to my gf to ask if I really do live with her etc. etc. As far as I can tell none of that fact checking has taken place. So just out of curiosity, what the hell are they doing with my application?
I went to my Visa office in Sept, and they advised me that it's still in process and that I should come by at the end of October, which I will do, but I just don't understand why it takes so long to either say yes or no.
Does anybody have any other experiences similar to mine or is going through something similar?
Also, I read the post about expats and their Visa woes and solutions etc. When I applied for mine, the jefe at the Visa office kindly wrote out a letter called "Certificado" which basically stated my name, RUT number etc. and explains that my Visa is in process and that I am legally able to work and carry out activities whilst my Visa is in process. This came in extremely handy when I went to pick up my wages from the bank (as the expiry date on my ID had ran out and I was refused my money!). The look on the cashier's face when she read the part about being in contravention of law number XXX if she didn't comply with the letter was fun! So, if you have any difficulties ask your Visa office to write this letter out - it's an official doc. I guess this would solve the "having a ID card whilst waiting for your Visa" issue I suppose?
Hope to hear from you (anyone!)