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Yesterday I put down a little bit of money on a BEAUTIFUL new apartment that, for the first time, made me feel like I was moving from somewhere nice to somewhere nicer.

Today I got an e-mail from my Dad saying, come home NOW. Deportation is serious business. I will pay for the ticket, just come home now and don't push it. Before the end of June, if possible. He even told me not to worry about my paid vacation (Plan A at this point was to finish out working June, take my 3 paid weeks through July, and then go home).

So. Argh.

On the other hand, I obviously saw this coming. And I am in a way pretty zen about it. I mean. Getting to see my family and friends (and my DOG!) On the other I am very sad to be leaving Czech Republic, especially under these circumstances. I am angry at my work for basically fucking me over with the visa situation. I am very sad that I will not get my vacation, because I was planning on finally travelling and seeing some more Europe.

That being said, this weekend I am taking two extra days off and going to Belgium and the Netherlands with some people from Dobris. So I will have nearly doubled my number of countries visited in one fell swoop, and have yes, gotten to see some more of Europe.

I am now fighting with ticket sales sites to find one that has cheap tickets this soon, on flights that don't require paper tickets, since there's no time to ship those all the way over here. Funfun.

Date: 2009-06-11 10:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarcasticwriter.livejournal.com
Oh, dear - I thought the latest word on the deportation thing was that you thought you were going to be okay to stay? Is there anybody official you can contact who might be able to give you an indication?

But if you're not, then I think your dad's right...you don't want a deportation on your record, even if it was your employer's fault. Hopefully you'll at least be able to get your paid vacation in a lump sum when you leave (in the US it's considered part of the compensation package, so it's not use-it-or-lose-it).

Date: 2009-06-11 10:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyfalcon.livejournal.com
Part of the whole problem is that the Czech bureaucracy has been absolutely fucking Kafkaesque. For example, the foreign police have been coming to my work. The last time, they were pretty fucking angry. The woman of the two told my boss that she had to bring a certain paper to her at her office the next Monday, and to this purpose she left her name - Something Somethingova, like all Czech women's names.

My boss dutifully got the paper and went next Monday - and no one in that office had ever heard of the woman. She didn't exist, despite the fact that she had been standing in our reception three days earlier. That's just one of the moronic things. The embassy in Dresden actually asked my boss to stop calling on my behalf, because there was no one official she could speak to. Basically, with government, it's a 'we'll get to it when we get to it' situation.

Also my boss just informed me that what we probably should have done was gotten a series of short-term (90 day) visas, which are easy to get, to keep me covered during the time we were waiting for my year-long visa to go through. I was like, Fuck you, you couldn't have thought of this 4 months ago?

So anyway I just bought the ticket and will be home on the 22nd. Sigh.

Also thanks SO MUCH for telling me about the vacation lump-sum thing. I am 100% going to demand it, because I've earned it and also I really do blame my job for all this (as well as myself for trusting them and not being as knowledgeable about the whole thing as I could have been).

Date: 2009-06-11 12:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarcasticwriter.livejournal.com
Also thanks SO MUCH for telling me about the vacation lump-sum thing. I am 100% going to demand it, because I've earned it and also I really do blame my job for all this (as well as myself for trusting them and not being as knowledgeable about the whole thing as I could have been).

Well, the vacation-pay thing could be different with the Czechs, especially if the country has mandatory paid vacation laws. It could be that the companies there treat vacation like use-it-or-lose-it. But in most states in the US, vacation pay is considered to be a "banked" compensation - they store your pay for you, to use for vacation.

Sick days, though, are not considered compensation - they're considered to be a kind of bonus/perk, and at least at my property, if you don't use them within the calendar year, you lose 'em.

What I'm saying is, research before you demand it, just so you can be sure. If your company gave you an employee handbook, that would be the best place to check to see if your vacation pay is remanded to you when you resign.
Edited Date: 2009-06-11 12:09 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-06-11 12:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyfalcon.livejournal.com
Dude, if my company was together enough to have an employee handbook? I probably would not be in this position. Decisions are made on an individual basis by my boss who owns the place. If I lean on her, I will get the money.

Date: 2009-06-11 12:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarcasticwriter.livejournal.com
*nods* Okay, just understand that the vacation-pay vs. sick pay vs. no pay policies are different from state to state in the U.S., nevermind in other countries.

But I don't think it's unreasonable to state that you want your vacation pay now, seeing as you won't be able to use it for vacation since your company got you deported.

ETA - I mean, I'd ask for them to cut you a check for your vacation pay the next time you see them, rather than a check at the end. You're more likely to get it if you bug them for a while.
Edited Date: 2009-06-11 12:39 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-06-11 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] philthecow.livejournal.com
Grrrr. What's the last day you're allowed to be around? I mean evidently you have decided to leave on the 22nd. But do you think you'll try and go back at some point? I'm just so pissed off that the visa is in infinite limbo...

Date: 2009-06-11 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostsailors.livejournal.com
I soooo missed something. Excuse me while I scroll backwards.

DO NOT DESPAIR. You are going home to loved ones and the Czech Republic will always be there. If you leave without trouble, that just means you can go back!

Date: 2009-06-11 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] radanax.livejournal.com
well hey, at least you can look back on this and say "I did everything right." Right?

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