Recently, my wife and I both got our passports stamped at the IND. My stamp is good for 9 years, whereas her stamp is just good for 6 months. The IND will “review” her case, and then decide whether or not she can stay here for a f ull year. That shouldn’t be a problem, it’s just how the process works. After getting her stamp, she was finally issued her burgerservicenummer (BSN – which is like the Dutch version of the US Social Security Number). With that, we signed up for insurance, or so we thought.
We got a letter in the post yesterday that basically states this company won’t give us insurance until the IND sends us a letter saying we’re legally allowed to be here. Stamps don’t count. Never mind that’s exactly the purpose of the stamp, to prove that we can legally be here. Roxy can work, but evidently we can’t get insurance, through this company at least. I don’t have time to fight them right now, since we leave for the USA on Thursday morning! I’m in a friends wedding back in St. Louis in a few weeks, so we’re using this opportunity to visit both sets of parents, eat and drink some things we miss, and bring back our Dog.
At this point, I’ve called Delta/KLM somewhere around 18 times, and spent several hours on the phone with them. They keep losing our reservation, or it keeps getting rejected and more info requested. We’ve given them the dimentions of the dog crate at least 5 times now. FInally, we got somebody on Delta’s end who worked with a KLM supervisor to get everything straightened away. Of course, when we called back the next day to verify, they had to do it all over again. At least now 2 different people have confirmed the reservation, so I’m feeling good. I won’t feel completely at ease until we’re back here in our apartment in 3 weeks, with Churchill sniffing around and exploring it.