So I had to get my Alien Registration Card updated last Thursday and it was definitely the highlight of my day. My manager, Tomomi Sensei, and were supposed to leave at 3:00 in order to get to City Hall by 3:15. Needless to say we actually left around 3:20 or so and ended up getting the Tsukuba City Hall by 3:30. Luckily there was no line, so the officials were able to just get my passport and Alien Registration Card and just begin the process. It wasn’t as quick as we were expecting…I had a class to teach at 4:00pm and it was about 3:47pm by the time I got my card and passport back. We hopped in the car and I had an embarrassing moment. Winded and little sweaty, we darted through AEON’s doors at 4:01 pm, making me just a little bit late for my 3 & 4 year olds class.
I didn’t notice it at the time but I had actually jumped out of the car, and rushed into the school without my passport…OH NO! I didn’t notice until the weekend when I was trying to take care of more job application stuff and needed a copy of my passport. I looked high and low for it, and I couldn’t find it anywhere, luckily I asked my manager to check her van, and I was so fortunate because she found it. But after I got my passport back safe and sound, I felt SO relieved. In my humble opinion, your passport is probably your most important document while living overseas. Think about the consequences of not having it? You can’t go home, (here in Japan) you can’t get an Alien Registration Card (which is vital to your survival here), and it would make finding a job in Japan quite challenging. I began to wonder, what would I have done had I lost my passport?
Well, I do remember when I got my passport made, that I got a card that I had to write my passport ID on, and it had contact information if my passport was lost or stolen. I don’t know how it works for everybody, but for U.S. Citizens, if you ever lose your passport or get your passport stolen (God forbid), here are several numbers you can call for assistance:
I’m sure you’ll end up having to go to your nearest U.S. Embassy of whatever country you’re residing in and have another one made. I don’t know exactly because, knock on wood, I’ve never irretrievably lost my passport…and I hope you don’t either. This post is a resource just in case you need it.
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