With so many unexpected delays, we discovered that our visas will expire before we could possibly return home. We also learned that they can’t be extended – applying for a new one is the only option, and that costs about $400.
So last Friday we sat yet again in the consulate lobby, waiting our turn to do everything all over again. Yudy, the same woman who helped us on our first two visits, was very helpful. She worked with the Consul to find a solution that wouldn’t require us to keep having to drive back to Newark to complete the new visa application, and she did everything she could to give us the maximum amount of time before the new visas expire, helping us navigate through a nightmare of paperwork.
And as we stood waiting for the elevator, one of the consuls came to say hello, reassuring us that they would do whatever they could to help us. He also offered to send us some ideas of safe places where we could stay during our trip.
Now we patiently wait for the Article 5. In the meantime, we’re now allowed to Skype with Alejandro once every two weeks. He’s really excited to return and see his new grandparents, cousins, and friends, many of whom he met during his short visit last year. He’s also practicing English, including how to pronounce his new last name.