Last night my sister came over to see me. We had great conversations. She asked me how preparations were going. And I had to sigh… It’s a lot. I had to admit, and the most frustrating thing is the lack of clear communication. Once I accepted my offer, I was emailed a list of documents I had to start organizing. But I knew the list was incomplete from my experience with Abu Dhabi. I knew there was more paperwork I had to obtain and send prior to obtaining a visa for my family. About a week ago I scanned a copy of Darryl and my FBI clearances to my H.R. rep in Qatar. He told me that the FBI clearance that I obtained was not correct and that I had to redo it. Originally I was just told to obtain both state and FBI clearances for he and I, no details were given about where I had to obtain them or how. So after going back and forth with the H.R. rep, he finally sent me a link to how I should get them. WHY DIDN’T YOU DO THAT FROM THE GET GO? I spent $25.75 for each of our clearances and waited for them to come back. Now come to find out, the correct ones cost $18.00. (Just in case, you are going through the same thing, this is the link to where and how to obtain your FBI clearances. By the way, I’m going straight through the FBI, not a ‘channeler’ because I only want to have to do this one more time. fbi clearance Pray that this time it’s right)
I told my sister this story and then said, “Well, I mind’s well get used to it.” They do things differently over there. Communication is not always clear. We, Americans are spoiled. When we are offered a job, we are often given a list of things to organize and where to get them or the job does it for us. But Qatar is not America. She said, but that was a waste of money. I know, it was, but I have wasted more on less important things, like eating out, or that outfit, I wore only once. I could go on and on… It’s been a lot, but no point of stressing over it. This is what I want to do and I have to keep an open mind. Things will not go as planned all the time. There will be bumps in the road. But if this were easy, more people would do it, right?
There have been other hiccups with the paperwork but for now I digress…It will all be worth it in the end and I hope my blog is helping someone avoid the bumps I’m hitting. When this is all over, I will post a completed list of all things I had to obtain and where I got them.
Added note: My husband has corrected me and said the actual saying is “might as well” not “minds well”. Well he is from St. Louis and I am from Philly and we pronounce it “minds well”. So there you have it. Anyway it’s fitting because my “mind better get used to change”.