Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Bureaucrats vs. Bureaucracy

Posted in Foreign Service Life, Generalities, In DC, India at 5:24 pm by graceandpoise

I’m still in DC.  Yes, I should be in Mumbai (or somewhere between here and there) by now, but I’m still in DC. 

Why, you ask?  Because of bureaucracy, of course.  As my husband has recently noted, our visas to go work in India were held up for an unexpectedly long period in some kind of opaque bureaucratic process in New Delhi.

Some of my former visa applicants would be gleefully talking about poetic justice if they knew – schadenfreude at its best.  I can’t tell you the number of times I had to say, “we need to do some further processing before we can issue your visa,” knowing full well that this could mean major delays in visa issuance.  Yes, in a bizarre twist on the “trick the trickster” theme, a pair of visa bureaucrats’ plans have been thwarted by bureaucratic visa processes.

But there’s a light at the end of this tunnel.  After several weeks of no real news, we were informed today that our visas would be issued, and that we should have them in hand by the end of the week.  So next week, it’s destination India (insh’allah).  Better dig through the bags for some lightweight clothing!

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