Everyone has their own way of navigating the labyrinth of moving abroad but the first step is probably paperwork.
Someone somewhere said we’d have three months to live there before our paperwork was due. That we didn’t need to do it ahead of time. It was probably a blogger. Probably a carefree, single, childless blogger. Anyway, I did not listen to this mysterious idiot. Thank goodness.
I began requesting and submitting the following in December:
Birth Certificates x 4
Name Change Judgement
Each of these 7 document needed to be ordered, notarized, certified, and/or exemplified by the state where they were created. Each state had different hoops to jump through and often staff with DMV-style people skills.
Once I’d received the crisp new notarized, certified, and/or exemplified certificates, they had to be sent to their Secretary of State’s office for an Apostille stamp.
Today I feel like a champion. Today I sent the 7th certificate away for its Apostille stamp.
I won’t celebrate until the stamped certificate arrives at my doorstep but …. this feels like a win and I’ll take it!