Case complete and a place to stay

The week has been eventful. First, the NCV sent us a checklist asking for a police certificate. Seeing as that it is impossible to obtain a police certificate here and NVC seemed – based on the text of the checklist – to be aware of this, I called them to ask for more information. We wer told that the checklist should not have been sent, were promised that the case would be reviewed by a supervisor, received apologies for the mistaken checklist and were told to expect a ‘case complete’ soon. Just for confirmation I called again yesterday. We’re now in a queue to be scheduled for an interview. I hope to be able to go to an interview in the next six weeks.

We received more great news. The university at which Beloved has been admitted has a residence area for students with family. This area has apartments that can be rented at prices far below the average for an equivalent place in the area.  Seeing as that the university is enormous and we only registered two months ago and have no children, we assumed that the chances would be very slim that they’d let us lease an apartment. However, just two days ago they informed us that they have an apartment available for us. We’ll start the lease six weeks from now, even if we can only move in a few weeks later. *Squee*!

Seriously – I live in a country where housing is expensive. I live in an expensive city. But the prices in the SF Bay Area are just insane. I’ve seen totally normal, modest apartments without ritzy details or many extras that cost $2500 a month (and about $1000 more than what we’ll be paying now).

Just for fun: I’ve looked up the purchase price per square feet of living space (not counting yards, just usable space in the home) for the town we’ll move to, and then calculated the same for the city in which I live. I haven’t been able to find the same for monthly rent per square ft, but I think the difference should be close to the same. See my calculated prices below.

city I live in: $288 per square ft

city to move to: $428 per square ft (off of trulia.com).

Seeing as that I’ll be the only one making money, I can only be very, very relieved that the university has decided to let us live in a ‘subsidized’  place. That way maybe my income will cover more than just the rent, meaning that we won;t need to pay for health insurance or food out of our savings.

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2 Responses to “Case complete and a place to stay”


  1. 1 Daria April 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    OMG that is SUCH good news!!!! \O/ And OMG the prices in the SFBA are insane O_o

    • 2 thesmittenimmigrant April 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Insane indeed.. The great thing is that they’ve actually selected us for a two-bedroom apartment, so we’ll have a guest room / office. I look forward to having people come to visit!

      The single downside is that the apartments are ‘caged pets only’. We could keep mice, but are not allowed a cat or a dog. Can’t have it all, I guess.


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