The waiting game

10 Dec

Please pray for us tomorrow as Vicki and I go to Immigration to cancel our residency in order to avoid future problems when we come back as tourists or future residents. We have had a number of setbacks. We began the process of installing a new manager for the Peruvian company on October 29. The first act was rejected on a technicality. The second was also rejected because we did not explicitly reject the first after it was already rejected by Registros Públicos. Each submission involves about a two week wait. Last week, we formally rejected both filings and they told us it would take eight more days to clear so that we could pick up our original papers and turn right around and submit the exact same papers with another payment and another two week wait. Yesterday, the online system showed that it was ready to pick up (early!) so we went to Registros Públicos only to find out that the papers were coming from another office so it would therefore be another day. At this point, it appears there is no possibility that the new manager will be installed before we leave. We hope this does not interfere with our ability to cancel our residency, as the preferred method is to present a letter of guarantee from the company, not an individual.

This afternoon at 3:30, I went to the national bank to make payments associated with canceling our residency so that we could go first thing tomorrow to Immigration. I thought it was strange that there was no line at the bank and then discovered the reason: the national bank was closed. There were four well-armed policemen standing in front. No explanation was given, only that all locations were closed and it would be open tomorrow. We hope the bank is indeed open tomorrow and that this is not a worker strike. If so, it may well make it impossible to cancel our residency before leaving in 10 days. Immigration closes early for the holidays, so tomorrow and Friday may be our last shot to get this done. We couldn’t do it any earlier because you only get 10 days to leave once you’ve cancelled. Failing that, we should still be to come home for Christmas because our residence cards are paid up, but canceling them all later would be a royal pain as it can’t be done from the US.

As I said, we covet your prayers. On the bright side, we enjoyed a nice Mexican dinner tonight as a family at one of the very few Mexican restaurants in Arequipa. Believe it or not, Mexican food is a lot better and more abundant in the US (and I’m not just talking Tex-Mex), but this place in Umacollo is a pleasant find. Also on the bright side, we have sold almost everything in our house and won’t even have to move much of it as the new tenants are buying it. This is a great relief! Vicki says she’s closing the kitchen next Wed so we can sell every last pot, pan, and piece of silverware. We might look a little hungry when we get back to the States 🙂

5 Responses to “The waiting game”

  1. michael CHANDLER December 10, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    You are really going to miss this beauraucratic hassle when you return to the states.  Your news encouraging to us.  Our system doesn’t work so bad after all.  We will pray that the Lord will get you home as legal as possible. Love,  Dad

  2. Peter L December 10, 2014 at 11:27 pm #

    Whoa! Did I miss something? I knew you guys were coming back for a visit, but when did you decide to leave Peru permanently? Or is this just an easier way to go back after your extended visit here?

  3. georgiajammy December 11, 2014 at 5:40 am #

    Wow! That’s is soooo complicated! We pray you will be able to do all the necessary steps all in time. 🙂

  4. kcaubleKurios247365 December 11, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    ok praying…

  5. Bill Chandler December 11, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Your Peruvian experiences are almost unbelievable. Have taken Peru off my wish list for visiting. Hope all goes as planned and that you will be enjoying Christmas back in the USA with family. Love Gramps

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