another country, another immigration office
December 9, 2010 § 2 Comments
It’s just as the title reads. I’ve been to quite a few immigration offices in my time and the wait is usually the same. Very long. This time there was a child involved though, my child, which makes the waiting process even more enjoyable. Right.
Still though, it’s like these kind of offices aren’t expecting anyone to show up. Don’t they have a vague idea about the amount of people who enter their doors on a daily basis? Can’t they ask you a few basic questions up front so that you don’t have to spend hours waiting in the wrong line just to be told to go to a new line (and start from square one) again? It’s enough to drive anyone insane.
I was recently told that the employment positions held by the people in the immigration office don’t pay much. Well they should. Considering the amount of work (and headaches) that goes into getting people to gather up all of the proper documents and translations so that they can get married, live in a country, work, seek asylum etc. is not an easy job. And why isn’t it mandatory for these employees to speak more than one language?
I know that a lot of people get offended when they are told that everyone should be able to speak English since it’s the most commonly used language among people from different backgrounds when they want to communicate. Sorry, but that’s the way it is. If French was the language most commonly used for this purpose (as it once was in the past) then I’d say that the people in the immigration office should speak French. Anyhow, a few questions asked and an additional language (Arabic, English, Mandarin, Vietnamese, whatever)under their belts should be enough to make the whole process a lot shorter and that’s all that we want. We just want to know if we’re going to get our request for a visa or not. For some people, these types of answers can be a matter of life or death. Luckily, my visit there today was just a formality.
So here’s some extra support to all of those immigration officers out there- May your work be better appreciated by the general public and may your salaries increase so that standards are raised and waiting time is lowered.
Love and light,