My 1st Time Visiting A Consulate
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June 2nd, 2009 – by: tomassgringo
Now he was speaking English, but I was not understanding. His English was perfectly pronounced but I was already figuring in my head that as simple as this sounded...how was I going to get the information needed! Here is what the instructions were:
1 - Passport valid for at least 3 more months before expiring - check.
2 - Two copies of the pages of the passport containing information, as well as all previously granted visas - trip to Kinkos and that will be a - check.
3 - Two originals of the Visa Application Form duly signed and completely filled out. - that would be easy and then - check.
4 - 3 recent color passport-type photosgraphs (1.5"x1.5") - check
5 - Original of the certificate issued by the proper authority be it a government, a public or private enterprise; or by a foreign company, in which it is stated that the applicant receives a pension. This certificate must be dully legalized by the Colombian Consul or APOSTILLED, whichever applies - okay this is where the clouds began to form - NO check here!!
I had 4 out of the 5 but it was that 5th one that had my head spinning. My "pension" is Social Security and a Private Insurance pension.
There were notes explaining that all documents issued in languages other than Spanish MUST be submitted duly TRANSLATED INTO SPANISH, and both versions should be notarized by a Notary Public. They must also be certified with an APOSTILLE by the Office of the Secretary of State where they were issued. Each time I saw the word APOSTILLE, it was underlined, in blue and in all caps. I had never even heard of the word much less what I would have to do to get it from the Secretary of State!! Oh my where to start?
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