i got a call from the embassy today. i was told that my packet had been sent off sometime close to when the letter i received was mailed. the date on the letter is november 25 but only arrived on my doorstep in january. the postmark on the envelope is december 23.
i found out is that the packet is being sent APO, which means it leaves santo domingo [the processing centre for caribbean applications] is sent to DC and placed with all the other mail for barbados, average turnaround time 6, meaning that it should arrive sometime next week.
aaah, the joys of bureaucracy. the wait continues but now i have a better idea of the time frame. it looks like i should be joining vic in early march [says a prayer and does a little happy dance.]