TIME passes at numerous speeds: you age slower in a spaceship and sooner when throughout the queue on the extranjeria office.
It has been a month since I last wrote of the seemingly by no means-ending quest for a TIE residencia card — since then I’ve decayed earlier than a peach within the summertime photo voltaic. Reworked from 24 to 94 years outdated; I am crippled by kinds and wheezing from confusion.
Concerned that my A-level Spanish was insufficient for the obligation, an area speaker often known as a lot of official workplaces for me to find out our subsequent port of identify.
“We don’t know the steps anymore, ” she was knowledgeable. “On account of COVID and Brexit, each half has modified.”
After one different fruitless appointment on the native police station, some pleading, and a borderline refusal to go away until we had additional data than “nostril”, we had been handed the next clue throughout the treasure hunt: an web web site hyperlink.
Into the search bar, it went and three clicks later our appointment in Malaga was secured. Points wanted to work out in one other approach on the fourth try. The instructions had come straight from the horse’s mouth and, as a result of the adage goes, we knew larger to look at the enamel of the reward.
Nonetheless, the cavity of disinformation crumbled sooner than our hopeful, and barely teary, eyes upon arrival throughout the metropolis.
“They knowledgeable you the unsuitable issue,” acknowledged a genuinely sympathetic member of staff. “The appointment you need can solely be booked on the cellphone. You should come once more one different day.”
Lucky ex-pats who secured residencia sooner than July 6.
However when like me you arrived after this metamorphic date, the freeway to residencia is prolonged, winding and will very properly give you stress-induced alopecia.
The definition of insanity is doing the equivalent issue many times and anticipating completely totally different outcomes. Nonetheless, the fifth time could be the attraction…or a way ticket to an asylum. Watch this space.