I was at the office today with all my paperwork and the officer was looking over my stuff and said that he doesn’t know if I qualify for the APRC because there seems to be a break in my seven years. I, of course, asked for clarification, and he told me that I need seven years continuous.
"What is continuous? I asked.
Blah Blah Blah. “I need to check this documentation with your passport.” (he was looking at a printout that told him when I was granted a visa and for what.) He, honestly never gave me a real definition.
I told him that a previous officer told me that my time was sufficient and I should go ahead and apply.
He said, “If she told you that she’s probably right, but…(insert the same monologue and pointing to the same break in time on the printout.)”
“So I can’t change schools?” I asked. (That’s what seems to be the problem)
(I changed schools a year after I was here, but never had to leave the country.)
“No,” He said. “You can change schools.”
We went over this same conversation four times, before I finally said, “I’ll be down here Thursday, why don’t you check my info thoroughly, and we can talk then.”
So? What does “continuous” mean? I thought I knew, but after today, I don’t have clue.
I’ve been here on a working visa since March of 1999. I’ve changed schools once, after I’d been here a year (which is the break the seems to have a problem with). I didn’t have to leave the country and my visa was switched to my new school without a hitch. So, what gives? Why is there a break? I didn’t leave the country. Why is he pointing to this 1-week absence like I’m doomed? For that matter, why is there a one-week absence? Does it matter that there is a break? I’ve been in country for 183 days every year for the past seven, why is he sweating me?