- Posted October 21, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Shutdown in The Land Of Smiles
One of the reasons I chose to expatriate myself, temporarily to a different country, besides being a fresh graduate with zero job opportunities, other than retail in a high end women’s boutique for shoes (Yes I am a straight male), was to distance myself from the highly efficient , ever so organized US government (more sarcasm). I’ve been living and working teaching English in Thailand for over a year and my current plans are to relocate to South Korea, where the opportunities to develop professionally and gain financially are much greater.
In order to facilitate this, I must have documents such as a background check from the FBI and my university degree notarized and apostilled at the federal level. This process is quite time consuming as it usually takes 3 months to complete. Add to that, the strict deadlines for applicants in submitting their application package (documents) and it becomes painfully obvious of the possible consequences in shutting down an entire administration.
Until recently, October 17th to be exact, my plans had to be put on hold because of the indecisiveness of governmental parties and a massive fail on congress. My application should be OK but it's frustrating to know that no matter where you are, you could and possibly will be, affected by the mishaps and bureaucracy of your government.
Tags- Shutdown, abroad, Thailand, citizen, American, graduate, fbi, congress, notarized, federal