David Pitt's guide to international visas

1. Mail passport and visa request to Chinese consulate. ($20.00 visa fee, $1.40 postage)
2. Receive visa.
Total Time: 4-7 days
Total Cost: $21.40


1. Obtain special "long form" birth certificate from your state. ($15.00)
2. Have birth certificate notarized. ($5.00)
3. Obtain birth certificate official translation. ($75.00)
4. Obtain notarized certificate of accurate translation. ($15.00)
5. Obtain international Apostille seal for birth certificate. ($25.00, $1.40 postage)
6. Obtain police record from municipality of residence. ($10)
7. Have police record notarized. ($5.00)
8. Obtain police record official translation. ($75.00)
9. Obtain notarized certificate of accurate translation. ($15.00)
10. Obtain international Apostille seal for police record. ($25.00, $1.40 postage)
11. Obtain visa request form from Argentine Consulate.
12. Obtain parental consent to travel form.
13. Have parental consent form notarized. ($5.00)
14. Obtain international Apostille seal for parental consent form. ($25.00, $1.40 postage)
15. Obtain school acceptance letter from institution in Argentina.
16. Obtain travel itinerary with all international flight information.
17. Obtain valid bank statement.
18. Pay immigration tax. ($85)
19. Pay visa processing fee. ($40)
20. Provide proof of Spanish proficiency.
21. Assemble all required documents with cover letter.
22. Bring passport and all required documents in person to Argentina consulate.
23. Return after 7-10 days to receive visa.
Total Time: 2 months - 4 years.
Total Cost: $424.20


Am I bitter? No, I wasn´t...
until I got to customs in Buenos Aires and they didn´t even check.



Morristown, NJ 07960
High 47, Low 23. Partly cloudy, 60% chance precipitation.

Yeah. That's cool I guess.



Yes, I finally managed my escape.

For those yet unfamiliar with this story, two mysterious primate-like creatures staged a surprise ambush on me in mid February. They burst into Morristown high school about 14:00EST brandishing nets and large signs foreboding my departure for Argentina. After a clever decoy in which they danced like fools before the departing high school busses, they apprehended me and quickly forced me onto their futuristic space mobile. There, they subjected me to strange tests involving toenail clippers and Radon gas, and tried to deter me from my Argentine destination.

They played compelling propaganda footage demonstrating the dangers of South American travel (unsafe public transportation, vicious animals like tigers, deranged tango-dancers, vortexes, and dulce de leche, to name just a few). For a time I felt shackled, physically and mentally, to my fate never to leave New Jersey.

But then I discovered my opportunity.

As the gorillas were shaving in their high-tech bathroom, I noticed a large red button in the spacecraft navigation room. The button read as follows:
[do not push]

To make a long story short, I pushed the button. The spacecraft rumbled and shook, there was a sharp white light, and the vehicle was no more. The shaving apes surged into high orbit, cursing my cunning and ingenuity. Fortunately, my location on the airship at the point of explosion was such that I was hurled downward towards earth. I crashed into the sidewalk just outside of JFK international airport. I stood up, grabbed my passport, and walked though the double automatic doors.

So in case anyone was wondering, that's how I did it. That's how I got to Argentina.



My name is David Pitt. I created a blog today.