The other day the Feds. came looking for me. No really. I'm serious. The Brazilian Federal Police showed up at our door checking in on me. It was a seen straight out of the movie Green Card. The Federal Police take care of all immigration here in Brazil. They don't have a separate agency just for immigration like the U.S.
When Renato and I moved here we got all the paperwork ready for me to file an application for a Brazilian Green Card, or Permanent Resisdent Visa. It was sooooooo much easier then the U.S., and a LOT cheaper, and a LOT faster too. (I know this since we're in the same process in the U.S. with Renato.)
Back to this past week when the Feds showed up. They told us they'd come, but it had been a long time, so we thought maybe they wouldn't show. 2 men came (not in uniform, that would have been a little scary!).
This is what they checked out. They checked out our closets to see all of our clothes and that they were together. They checked out the bathroom for all the toiletries, like toothbrushes and such. They asked to see our shoes, which I thought was a little funny. Then they asked to see our dirty laundry! I'm so not kidding! I almost busted out laughing at that one, and then did when Renato opened the bin and my underwear were right on top!!! He had to point out a clothing item of his, mine, then Camden's. The last thing they did was interview a neighbor, which happens to be Renato's aunt, so hopefully that went well.
They didn't ask us any questions though, which I was a little sad about. At the end my mother-in-law served them Cafe Zinha (a tiny cup of really strong and really sweet coffee), so hopefully that sweetened them up a bit. They were very nice about the whole thing, and I have to say, I felt as though I passed the test. (The test being that I married Renato for love and not for a Brazilian Green Card.) :) I guess we'll find out soon!
I'm praying that my immigration process here continues to go well. Please pray for Renato's immigration process in the U.S. It is not an easy process at all. Pray for favor with all forms and sppointments with added grace thrown into every aspect. Thanks for your prayers!