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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Obstacle

Shrunk with age, the old lady had to perch on her toes to reach the window at the consulate office. Having stood in the line for hours together left her little strength to even stand.
The Officer at the visa consulate asked "how old are you?"
The old lady spoke in Tamil and pointed to a cardboard on which some information was written.
'76' he read from there and asked her confirmation. The woman nodded in affirmative.
"What is the purpose of your visit?"
'Visit son' he read from the paper.
I gathered from the conversation that they woman had 2 sons, one in the US and the other in Australia.
"what is the guarantee that you will come back?"
Again,the woman pointed to the cardboard and nodded her head.
'Own a house in Coimbatore' read the cardboard.
"But this does not guarantee anything, you have no one there.There are all chances you would want to stay with your son in the US" said the officer.
The woman just nodded and pointed to the cardboard.
"I am sorry, I cannot give you the visa Madam" said the officer.
The woman still nodding pointed to the cardboard..

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3 Comments:

    • At 6:44 AM, Blogger STALAG SUKHOI said…

      yes i have seen such incidents ,well it is the sad state of affairs :(

       
    • At 3:35 PM, Blogger Shankar said…

      If you look at the people working in groceries, gas stations and restaurants in the US, it is quite evident that many of these so called visitors never returned back. No wonder the visa officer has a "guilty until proven innocent" attitude.

       
    • At 3:11 PM, Blogger Roopa said…

      @ stalag sukhoi
      :-(

      @shankar
      they need the F1s and H1s to bring money to their economy..the least they can do is be liberal with the aged parents who want to visit their children.

       
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