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Friday, February 28, 2003

# Posted 4:32 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

BUREAUCRACY: Spent four and a half hours at the Home Office today waiting to get my student visa renewed. When I finally got to talk to a clerk, he told me that since I was more than three months overdue for a renewal, he couldn't process my application, so I should send it in by mail.

That sounded bad. After all, I had bothered to go to the Home Office in person because I want to travel in March, so I couldn't wait for a by-mail renewal. (Of course, I could've sent the application in three months ago, but whatever.)

Then, surprisingly enough, the clerk tells me I should go ahead and travel, but bring my renewal application with me and hand to the immigration officer when I return to London. It's that simple. Now, it would've been nice if there had been a notice on the Home Office immigration website explaining that late applications can be processed at the airport, but I figure I came out ahead compared to the people who left the Office after shouting matches with the clerks.

Thankfully, that's all in the past now. I'm now at an Easy Everything internet cafe, having just wolfed down some of the best pizza in England at a SoHo cafe. After this, we head out to party.
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