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The Waiting Game


Last Friday Astrid and I went to the immigration office in Utrecht, Holland, to submit my residence-permit application.
They are allowed 6 months to give me their response...but will probably do it within 2, according to the lady.


Now we wait...and hope for the best!

(photo taken in one of the several harbors of Gorinchem, Holland)


The Waiting Game


Last Friday Astrid and I went to the immigration office in Utrecht, Holland, to submit my residence-permit application.
They are allowed 6 months to give me their response...but will probably do it within 2, according to the lady.


Now we wait...and hope for the best!

(photo taken in one of the several harbors of Gorinchem, Holland)


comments (54)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Feb 2010, 00:55
So crisp that I worry my monitor might shatter.

Wonderful work, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Not to fear, Ray. But it was indeed a very sharp and crisp day. Cold but crisp. The way we sometimes like it. smile Thanks.
Very nice image, i too am waiting for officials to make a decision on something, and this is just round 1 for me, i hope all goes well
Ginnie Hart: For both of us, Derek, I wish for only ONE round! Fingers crossed. Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 15 Feb 2010, 03:42
Wonderful image Ginnie.I hate waiting but!! as long as you get the good result thats all that matters
Ginnie Hart: As long as we get the good results...you are so right, Vintage. And in the meantime, I can stay while I'm waiting! Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Feb 2010, 05:36
Geduld is een schone zaak.
Patience is a true virtue.
Wonderful sharp and crisp picture, great play of lines with the masts, it seems as if the boats don't mind waiting in the sun. like us wink
Ginnie Hart: Son Mark used to always say to me, "Paticnce is a virtue striven for by many but achieved by few." Ha! Let's hope wew both have patience and in the meantime enjoy the view! Bedankt, mijn vrouw. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Feb 2010, 06:13
A very fitting picture of the state of the 'nation'. Still rooting for you two.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Louis. We're trying to let it go and not worry about it. It is what it is....
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 15 Feb 2010, 06:49
Think positive Ginnie, great image
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Tony. If I can picture it, it can happen. The sticking point right now is that Astrid as my sponsor is required to have a work contract, which her compsany can't give her midst the economic instability. But since immigration takes each case one by one, we're hoping they will overlook the stipulation. Think positive with us!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Feb 2010, 07:16
een mooie foto- en wat toepasselijk bij jullie momentane situatie en stemming- but in spite of the toning the sun is shining- and the spring will be arriving -that is absolutely certain- the boats will be then full of life- and I am full of hope that all things will be going well for you and your partner!
Ginnie Hart: All your best thoughts and wishes will surely help, dear Philine, so thank you!
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 15 Feb 2010, 07:35
i do love and want to protect my niece, like crazy! I want the best life for her... and and for you guys, but what happens if they say no??? can they do that?? nice shot btw lol love marinas
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Elaine, they have every right to say NO because Astrid, as my sponsor, does not have a work contract (because of the economy she has been a temp at the same company for 15 months). I can be a millionaire (I'm not, don't worry) but it doesn't matter. She's the one that matters in this situation. We do hope and pray they will see all the other "tipping points" and rule in my favor. http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2010/02/tipping-points.html. Thanks for your support.
  • SAVO
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Feb 2010, 07:38
Very peaceful, unperturbed floaters. I wish you a peaceful week, and Im sure your wishes re:immigration will come true smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your best wishes, SAVO. We do hope you're right!
i, [insert name], promise to be a good dutch resident
and i promise, when i visit any other country, to fill my pockets with dirt
and to empty them on the ground when i come back,
so that holland can actually exist, one day, above water level.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it, Seraphine. Thanks for the smile today! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Feb 2010, 08:31
I'm sure all will work out fine Ginnie. How many harbours do you have?
Ginnie Hart: Let's hope for the best, Chris, in spite of the fact that Astrid does not have a work permit, which they say is a prerequisite. Maybe they'll factor in other important details! I think we have 3 harbors here, at least, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are more.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 15 Feb 2010, 08:57
I hop time will fly and you get the residence permit soon. Those boats are also in the waiting game. Waiting for spring and summer.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Frida, I hope so, too. The good nrews is that while they are reviewing my case, I can stay! Otherwise, I would have had to leave by March 5, three months after arriving here!
I will hope with you
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal. Hope is eternally in my heart!
Waowww......beautiful Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Bram. smile
All twelve fingers are crossed.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Only you, Chad. Only you! smile
There is something about boats in harbours that is calming, very nice image, and our fingers are crossed for you. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Linda. The one thing that is a prerequisite, Astrid's work contract, is the one thing we do not have. We don't know if they will override it. We do appreciate your mindfulness of us both!
Lovely capture Ginnie. The light is superb!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Richard.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Feb 2010, 11:13
Hope the offials don't keep you waiting too long and you are soon able to settle into a permanent berth. Sorry for the sailing analogy, but you started it ;o)
Ginnie Hart: I love the analogy, Mike, and hope to use it well. Thanks.
Cold, Crisp and delightful Ginnie, well spotted.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Les.
Lovely tones and excellent definition, Ginnie. Good luck with the application - at least it will be faster than trying to get a green card in the USA!
Ginnie Hart: You're so right, Tom. Since our marriage isn't recognized in the States, I might be viewed as seeking "political asylum?"
Amazing sharpness Ginnie - the reflections on the water are so life-like. Seems like I could touch the water through this shot smile

I hope the waiting isn't too long for the two of you - good luck.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Thomas, on both counts!
A nice little harbour with the boats seemingly all wrapped up for the winter. Good luck with the permit.
Ginnie Hart: Snug as a bug in a rug, Brian. smile Thanks.
  • aussie
  • Australia
  • 15 Feb 2010, 12:17
gorgeous image Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Aussie.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Feb 2010, 12:27
Well, let's hope that all works out. It seems that it's a lot easier in the UK; just hitch a lift on a truck and you're in! "Housing, medical care, money... here, take it all. Oh, bring the wife and your 300 kids too!"

Lovely image, by the way.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Don't get Astrid started, Alan!! She will be royally p---ed off if they don't accept me when she sees all those they DO accept. Sigh. UGH. But thanks anyway. smile
Splendid image Ginnie..As you may know, I am a big fan of your toning.
Fingers are crossed for you.
Ginnie Hart: You are one of my biggest fans for sure, Ron. Thank you kindly!
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Feb 2010, 13:40
lovely shot

I cannot imagine the application will be a problem, will it?
Ginnie Hart: Well, Petra, the prerequisite is that Astrid should have a work contract, since she's my sponsor. But her company can't give her a contract even after 15 months there because of the economy. So her hands are tied. We're hoping and praying they will waive that sticking point, especially since I have a steady income through my social security. Time will tell, right?
I have every confidence in your success, Ginnie. A fabulous image that is both beautifuly captured and presented.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your confidence, Paul. Astrid doesn't meet one of the stipulations, so that's the concern. She doesn't have a work contract because of the economy. We're hoping it won't be an issue in the end.
  • Sue
  • United States
  • 15 Feb 2010, 13:47
Here's wishing you "smooth sailing" for receiving your residence-permit papers!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sue. With all the best wishes, I'm hoping there will be a tipping point! smile
absolutely lovely, Ginnie! the reflections and neutral tones are beautiful and the entire shot has a great crispness to it. well done!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
Patience is a virtue
possess it if you can
seldom in a woman
never in a man


They had better let you stay or we will send the navy in!
Ginnie Hart: Love the poetic quote, Bill! And I'll hold you to sending the navy in, if necessary! Thanks for your support.
And why wouldnt they want you to stop.
Ginnie Hart: The sticking point, Mick, is that Astrid as my sponsor is supposed to have a work contract. After 15 months in the same company, she still can't get one because of the economy. Even though I have steady income through my social security, that may not be good enough for the authorities. We'll see.
  • Santi
  • United States
  • 15 Feb 2010, 14:41
Great shot Ginnie. Hope everything will be ok.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Santi. I'm hoping for the best!
  • yvonne
  • United States
  • 15 Feb 2010, 15:06
Love the 3d effect beautiful lighting and reflections...good luck on the immigration application
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Yvonne. With all this positive energy, I pray for success.
  • Antoine
  • France.
  • 15 Feb 2010, 16:24
Superb capture and lovely reflections. Have a nice evening Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, kind sir!
nice little paradise Ginnie, a very nice atmosphere
Ginnie Hart: That's why I love this city, Fabrizio. It IS a little paradise. Thanks.
I have my fingers crossed for you gals.
That is terrific shot. I am a sucker for any shots with water.
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Michael, on both counts! Thanks.
  • margie
  • canada
  • 15 Feb 2010, 17:06
beautiful photo. good luck with immigration.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Margie!
Nice shot!
If you offer them one of your shots, they will fixed the paper at once!
Ginnie Hart: HA! That's such a nice thought, RS. Bribery just might work. grin
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Feb 2010, 18:39
I do hope it comes sooner rather than later for you smile

That is such a beautiful scene.
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, CP. I hate the thought of an appeal! Thanks.
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 15 Feb 2010, 18:58
me gusta mucho la nitidez de la imagen... es preciosa...
besos
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Oscar. It was definitely a clear day!
I suppose if Sarah Palin had become President you could have claimed political assylum!

But we'll keep our fingers and toes crossed for you. Best of luck to you both.
Ginnie Hart: HA! We won't even go there, George (but you did give me a good smile!). Thanks for your encouragement.
A lot of us are over here wishing you all the best... in the meantime, I am watching your new compatriots go crazy in Vancouver over skating. Such fun!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Larry. With all the energy for us, it seems like a slam dunk (but we're not cocky about it!). Hmmmm. I like the idea of perhaps the Olympic Spirit aiding the process at this time. I'll have to mention that to Astrid.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 03:09
like you guys, i guess these boats are waiting to be sailed too, eh? i'm sure you guys will get your approval soon enough.. like these guys will soon be sailing happily.. wink
Ginnie Hart: That is definitely the hope and plan, Rian. Thanks!
What a beautiful and snug little harbor. It looks as though things are secured for the winter - probably no sailing there this time of year! And lots of boats with inside steering - now why would that be? ;-)

I'll just say here how much I enjoyed the wedding bouquet, the sundial and such. How lucky you are to have the eye and the skill to create such a beautiful album of memories for you and Astrid, not to mention all who love you!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Linda. The boats here have been snug as a bug in a rug since my arrival on December 5. I will be eager to see at what point they will start leaving their cozy berth. The temps still hover in the high 20s F, so I'm guessing it'll be awhile. But it IS mid February. We know Spring is just around the corner.

Thanks, as always, for your dear encouragement. It means the world to me.
  • sherri
  • Germany
  • 16 Feb 2010, 04:09
This harbor looks overcrowded and tranquil at the same time. As if the boats are keeping each other company in the cold weather.
Ginnie Hart: They are indeed keeping each other company, Sherri. I have no idea how they will move around each other when it's time to get out of bed. That would be fun to watch!
  • Yinks
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 04:13
Top notch processing as usual Ginn! A postcard indeed yes. The boats look like they can't wait to be out to sea themselves smile
Ginnie Hart: I love it, Yinks. It gives me hope. smile
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 16 Feb 2010, 05:39
magnifique la lumiere !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Rem.
  • Toni
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 06:42
So if they say no, Ginnie, would you have to come back to the US, even though you have a legally recognized marriage that occurred in Holland? Fingers crossed that they are smarter there than they are here. smile

Wonderful image, btw. smile
Ginnie Hart: Well, I'd have to leave the country, Toni, so technically I could go to nearby Belgium/Germany and be closer by than the States...but where would I stay without it costing me an arm and a leg! They do NOT have to approve me, in spite of the marriage they approved. I do hope they will be sensible, however. We do NOT want to have to appeal, even though we are prepared to do so. They know I have steady income and will not be a drain on their social-security system. That seems to be their main concern. If so, Astrid's lack of work contract should not concern them!

Thanks for your encouragement and support, which means the world to us!
Very well captured, great details and light! Beautiful shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Andrei.
Impresionante paisaje, el tono es que me encanta, mira que yo lo intento pero no lo consigo.
Cual es tu secretillo Ginnie??

Besos!
Ginnie Hart: I do believe you have figured "the secret" out quite well, MA! You have done a superb job with Isabel. Muchas gracias.
Just as these boats are waiting...for the spring.
(Which always reminds me of the boot title: "Wait until Spring Bandini")
Ginnie Hart: HA! Bandini is a good name! I like that, Wim. smile
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 17:34
It's such a beautiful place. Love the warm tones and reflections.
Ginnie Hart: You would love this citadel city, Marcie! Thanks.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 18:55
The hardest part is over; this is just peanuts compared to what you've hurdled so far.

How was Heart's Day/
Ginnie Hart: It does seem like peanuts now, to be honest, Maria. It's harder on Astrid than on me because she's so sure SHE will be to blame if they say No. I'm really trying to help her let go of what she can't control!

Re Heart's Day, Astrid is not big on the commercialism of the holidays brought over here from the States, and I tend to agree with her. So it was a "normal" day for us, except for Snertmiddag (afternoon pea soup) which was celebrated here at our senior center. I LOVE the Dutch pea soup. One of my favorite things in the world. smile
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 23:07
So Ginnie, are you saying you moved without getting approved? What kind of visa are you holding? Now I know why the airport security screwed up.... smile

Good luck on your application.
Ginnie Hart: I guess you could say I moved without getting approved, Ti, but we knew we would get married first and decided to wait till that was done, to make a stronger case for a residence permit. I do NOT need a visa, just a residence permit. It had to be applied for before my first 3 months were up, or I would have had to leave the country for 3 months. So far so good. I can now stay still they give me their answer! Let's see how long that will be.... In the meantime, thanks for your support.

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