I received the letter above from the Immigration Office on the first week of August before I left for work. I put it in my bag and TOTALLY forgot about it until I cleaned up my big red tote this morning. Oops, the expiration date of my visa has expired. So am I now an illegal immigrant?
The date, August 23, 2009, is exactly the 6th anniversary of when I first came here as an F-2-1 visa holder. I remember a Filipina asking me about the visa three weeks ago. I was about to leave school when my phone rang and this girl just ranted on in English after I said “Hello?” After 5 minutes of listening to her babble about her dilemma, I asked if she could speak Tagalog. She said yes and was surprised that she was talking to another Pinay. Duh!
She wanted to know how she would apply for the visa in the Philippines since she’s married to a Korean. She couldn’t find a lot of information on the internet, since a lot of websites don’t take advantage of free seo service. I told her about the documents that she needed to produce and advised her to apply for the 59-day visa so she won’t have to pay again when she extends later for a year.
Anyway, I’ve been a Korean citizen since the fall of 2007. It seems to me that the Immigration Office is not as I organized as I thought. I’ve already voted in two elections and yet I still get letters from the Immigration.