Your man screwed by Japan
By dv8mad 09-22-2010 06:00 AM
Got back from immigration just a little while ago, updated the lowball thread and now time to update on the situation.
Over the phone, we were told that, when we arrived, we should go to counter A. That was pretty easy, but the thing with the immigration office is, even though it is full of foreigners, English is really hit or miss with the employees. So, Ai started talking with the lady and outlined the situation so she would understand why we were there. She looked at me with a big smile. I thought she was going to say "no problem", or "don't worry"... Something along those lines, but she said "It's a big problem!" Thanks lady.
Anyway, we took our number and went to wait for it to be called. Last time, we sat there for an hour and 40 minutes before being called, so this time, Ai decided to take Ryu and change his diaper since we would have to wait.
As expected, my number was called almost immediately after she left. I trudged up to the counter hoping the guy would be able to speak English and, luckily he could a bit. I can speak some Japanese, but the main problem is I can speak conversational Japanese. When it come to the names of official forms and such, I'm lost!
He asks If I had the 会えにゅさぬんすめすみゅえんべうせそあえうぃわびゅ (Ok, I admit I just hit a bunch of random keys right there because I don't know what he said). I gave him all of the new paperwork that we had received yesterday at the Ward Office and he said that the item in question was not there. I told him that we had previously brought some documents that were kept and that it's quite possible they were in that packet. He just looked at me and said "Mmmm".
After a bit of useless back and forth, Ai made it back, he asked about the document and she told him that we brought it on our previous trip and that they had it. He said that they do not keep forms. Ai insisted that the immigration office would never do that and that it had been returned to us. She said that actually, not only did they not return that form, but they had kept my Alien Registration Card and insurance card as well. Again, he went into his "we don't do that" mantra, when suddenly the girl that had dealt with us last time came up and told him that she had our packet in the back. Lo and behold, it contained the document in question!
Next, he asked if we had the form proving that I was divorced from my ex-wife, Satan.
I am usually a pretty calm person, but I was ready to flip out. We had our wedding certificate as well as our family registry there showing AI, myself and Ryu, and he still wanted to see this document? The same document we must present to the government in order to receive the two documents we brought with us?
As always, this is my biggest "complaint" about the Japanese people. They just do not get logic. FACT: A always results in B and B always results in C. You can ONLY get C by going through the A,B,C process.
If someone has C, did they ever have A?
Correct answer in Japan
I won't even get deep into why we do not want to try to get document A again. In all actuality, it was a fricking circus trying to get it the first time as my last name and my wife's last name didn't match.
You don't have the same last name.
Yes, I am aware of that.
We can't give you the document.
But my name is on it.
Yes, but it is not the same last name as hers.
Right, but it is my name.
Yes, but not her name.
Eventually, he broke down and said that "maybe" they could do without it since we had our marriage papers...
Final question, did you bring the form showing how much you have paid of your city taxes? This is when I really started sweating it because, as I said in the last blog, we haven't been paying on it since we had so many other bills. Mostly the payments to The Master of Darkness (that would be my ex again). At least, I was sweating it until Ai found out that the Ward Office supplied us with all of the paperwork we requested EXCEPT for that one.
Now, we have to get it ASAP and mail it to the immigration office. I was told that I need to get my stamp Before October 1st, because I may only be here 2 months past the current visa or I have to leave.
So, scorecard for those keeping track at home:
I messed up and screwed myself over.
Government screwed me.
Government office screwed me.
Other government office screwed me.
Original government office screwed me again.
I can't wait until I get to go back to a government office Friday to get the document I did get the first time and then mail it to immigration. I have a feeling it will go very smoothly!
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