Good news everyone! My passport and work visa have arrived! Unfortunately, that’s where the good news stops. Essentially my work visa is valid for a month, after which it gets renewed (and then renewed again each month until I go home). While in itself that’s quite simple, with no hassle at all, there is a minor problem.
When you enter Chile as a tourist, you have to fill in a tourist immigration form. When applying for the work permit, your passport and this gets sent off. Finally, you need this form to leave Chile, as it’s a record of your arrival and departure from the country. All in all, this piece of paper is quite handy, and not something you want to lose. Except that’s the problem. Someone has lost it. I last saw it as I handed it and my passport over 10 days ago in Santiago (both of which were needed for the work visa application, ergo, it cannot possibly be in my possession), and now my passport has returned without it. Nice!
What does this mean? Well, that’s anyone’s guess. Maybe I can’t renew my work visa? Maybe I’m soon to be an illegal immigrant? Maybe I’m stuck in Chile forever, having to adopt a secret new identity, living in a cave in Tierra del Fuego? Who knows! I asked what happens if they don’t find it, the answer I got was “I don’t know”! I promised myself I wouldn’t write this in my blog, but #YOLO! (hehehehe).