Sunday, July 28, 2013
I didn’t think I would be blogging so quickly after last week’s entry. My passport has not returned yet and that is ok, if not somewhat expected---what isn’t expected is now I fear its return.
My future colleague, who is working at a different location than I got a horrible shock late last week: her visa has been denied. Stated reason: she’s ‘overqualified’ according to new *state* government mandates.
A is in shock and scared, with less than a month left on her apartment lease, her current employment resigned from. Our employer is now scrambling to provide proof and appeal their decision.
Another colleague, M, already working for six months is suddenly being told her qualifications aren’t good enough by the authorities and will be forced to defend her education, her pedagogy, her right to work in Germany in front of a panel.
Please pray for both of them. We are all clearly qualified and passionate about what we do but the disgusting head of nationalist politics (if we were EU this discussion would not be occurring) is rearing its ugly head in the form of new, surprising state irrational demands (because children deserve underqualified teachers right?)
Will I be denied too? I feel everyday now like vomiting in anticipation. I feel like crying all the time.
The morning I opened my email hear of A’s news I awoke with a horrible sinus-congestion headache and from a nightmare where I was at the consulate waiting in a big, uncrowned line full of panicked people.
Since I have heard the news I have been under so much stress, in a semi-permanent headache and my anxiety is at a peak. The worst part is knowing that if my passport return timeline follow’s A and M’s I won’t know for another two weeks.
I don’t know how we can get through this cruel time.
ps. I still weigh 163, the never ending plateau weight.