Sometimes when dealing with the Italian consulate I have to stop and ask myself what year it is…..2009 right?? Because the things that Italian bureaucracy requires in order for me to get a student visa are absolutely ridiculous. Thus far, I have spent over $500 on various documents, notaries, and apostilles (stamp of certification from the state dept). Who knew it would be so difficult to actually GET there..
Things I have had to do:
- Get transcripts from both high school and college
- TRANSLATE both transcripts into Italian, reformatted in the exact same way as English version (I saved myself about $300 dollars by doing this translation on my own)
- Notaries on everything. I think I am going to notarize my forehead to certify my insanity.
- Back and forth to the Italian consulate which mind you is in Los Angeles and getting there is like pulling teeth.
I leave for Italy in a month, less, and who knows if by then I will have all the documents I need to leave. This is a really tedious process. In fact, it might have been just as tedious to read about. Oops… Well now I am sufficiently stressed out..
It’s 10am… too early for a glass of wine?? haha!