I am on a journey, to make Aliyah, and want to share my journey with my family, friends and anyone that is interested. I made the decision to make Aliyah in December 2002 and now I am actually doing it. This blog will chronicle my story and adventures leading up to getting on the plane and then the continuing story of the beginning of my new life in Israel and what I experience once there.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Next Milestone Reached

Today I submitted all the required forms, paperwork and such to Nefesh B'Nefesh using the new online system. The only thing left is to mail the required photographs to New York. I stopped at the local drug store to get them made and their passport camera was broken. So, if I have time on the way home I'll stop somewhere else, otherwise it'll have to wait until after Shabbat, likely Sunday. A lot of the required paperwork is duplication of the paperwork that I sent to the shaliach from the Jewish Agency in August, but now that the process is combined and for new applicants they would not be sending to the Jewish Agency. Since I had all the documents already scanned all I really had to do was upload those and concentrate on the documents that were for Nefesh B'Nefesh.

It was kind of anti-climactic, I just clicked submit and it said basically OK. Well, it was more than OK, a whole page full of useful information and such. No music or bands playing... what did I really expect from a web page. I then received an automated e-mail congratulating me on reaching this point and to expect additional communications in the weeks to come. Maybe they'll have flight schedules soon and I can actually tell people what day I will be getting on the plane!

I guess I need to get with the shaliach and do whatever I need to be doing to get the immigration visa stamped in my passport. As it is mid afternoon on Friday, I don't think he'd be in, less likely that he'd still be working and impossible to think that this could be taken care of before the end of the day. So... I will wait until next week, and get to work on that. I can also check on the status of my initial residence reservation.

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