I have started the process to work in a foreign country in 2013. The idea of leaving everything and everyone I know behind to live in a place where I don’t speak the language is scary as hell. And that is the very reason why I need to do it!
The first step in this process is getting proof that I’m not a danger to society. Because a foreign government isn’t just going to take my word that I’m a law abiding citizen, I have to provide official paperwork from the FBI stating that I’m all clear. Getting this paper involves getting fingerprinted. Getting fingerprinted involves visiting a local police precinct, coughing up a $15 money order, and rolling your hands around in some icky black stuff. If you live in NYC and tried to get this done two days after Hurricane Sandy, then you’d better know someone at a precinct because NYPD has bigger fish to fry. Luckily, I did know someone who put in a favor for me and I was able to get my prints done even though that service has been suspended until further notice.
I’ve sent the prints in and am patiently waiting for my background check to return. Then I’ll send these papers to another agency for a stamp and wait for this to return to me once more. I’ll eventually have to send these newly stamped papers to my employer overseas. This is just one of approximately 8 steps that I have to do before I can even get hired. The United States Postal Service and I are becoming very fast friends.
Fingers crossed that this process goes as smoothly as possible for me. I have made up my mind to do something and I fear for any person or thing that tries to stand in my way.