Today the great “Russian Visa Adventure” continued
After running short on time yesterday, I was determined to finish off my Russian visa application today.
At 3:30 I called into work for my “on call” shift and found out they did, in fact, need me for a shift tonight.
The start time was 6pm.
I quickly decided I could still make this happen. I immediately left my place and headed into Vancouver. The drive downtown takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Today it only took me 30 minutes and I found a parking spot right across the street from the VisaHQ building to boot. Sweet!
I headed upstairs and entered their “office”. I put it in quotes because it was just a little room about the same size as my living room with three people manning three desks. I guess their business is probably 99% online driven and only a few stragglers like me actually visit them in person.
Anyway, the actual process of submitting the papers was pretty simple. I think it helped that I had organized everything and checked and double checked everything the night before.
Just one problem though
That damn passport photo!
Yeah, the one I went through my Costco adventure for
It was unusable. Not Costco’s fault – it’s actually perfect for a Canadian passport. Problem is the Russian visa application requires a smaller photo.
Thankfully the guy in the office directed me to a little convenience store across the street that also does passport photos.
I walked across the street into the store and, sure enough, along with all the regular things you would find in a convenience store there was a little chair set up in front of a white roll down backdrop.
This was one enterprising convenience store owner!
Five minutes and $12 later I was heading back to the visa office.
By 4:30 I was heading back out of Vancouver and straight to work.
Only I would be crazy enough to purposely put myself into rush hour traffic – but, yeah, that’s what I did.
I endured the madness that is rush hour and by 5:45 I was pulling into work – on time.
And that was it!
My application is officially submitted and will be ready in about a months’ time.
Weeeeeeee I’m going to Russia!