Over the moon!

I worked my ass off, I panicked to the point of battling to breathe, but by the grace of God I made it! On Friday the 11th I wrote my A1 German Exam, and despite my worst fears I knocked it out of the park. We picked up my certificate yesterday and I could not…

And…the paperwork hunt continues

So we’ve now almost become regulars at the Embassy too. I can’t remember if I told you, but the last time we were there to apply for Nicola’s passport we were sent off to go find an original birth certificate for Andy’s dad. His dad doesn’t have a copy, so we had to request one…

Ducks Lining Up

Happy days! We finally have the last of our Home Affairs documents, and yesterday we went to the German Embassy to apply for Andy’s passport renewal. In 8 weeks we can apply for our EEA family permits once we have that, and then we’re good to go. Hop on a plane and start a new…

Document Update

It’s probably not the most exciting thing you’ve ever read, but getting stupid documents together is unfortunately a very big part of emigrating. Grrr… If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll see we’re sort of “zipping” through this list, if you define zipping in months instead of years. Anyhoo, we are running about 6 months ahead…

The stars are aligning! Marvelous

So today we got the fantastic news that Noodle’s surname change has come though, next week we can apply for her changed birth certificate! This is fantastic news, and about two months ahead of when we thought we might get it, if all went according to plan, which when Home Affairs is involved is rarely…

Still chipping away at that list

I know I’ve been quiet, but we have not forgotten or changed our minds. It has been very busy on all fronts, so I’ve been shitty with updates here – sorry. Since we spoke last, I have been hit with an unwelcome retrenchment. Sadly quite typical of how things are going around here at the…

Red tape is probably made up of 80% paperwork

Man…there are A LOT of documents required for this adventure! We started gathering things in February, 6 months ago, and it feels like we’ve hardly made a proper dent in the to-do list. To be fair, SA Home Affairs is as slow as turtles stampeding through peanut butter, and things that are not dependent on…