Few people who have pulled up stakes in Country A and put them down in Country B know what they have let themselves in for. They may expect different customs, mores, traditions and have a basic knowledge of the language. But the red tape involved in integrating will try his (or her) patience to the extreme.
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Forms and applications to be filled out, signed and counter-signed, duplicate photos, birth certificates, licences, stamped and stamped again. Waiting in line to be told: "Wrong line. Wrong building." Police checks taking weeks. Then, acceptance. But, can the time period be right? Only a few months? Then having to go through it again for each extension.
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