Original visa to enter Mozambique: $60
Four visa extensions: approximately $170
Two criminal background checks: approximately $40
Translations of two criminal background checks into Portuguese: $40
Plane ticket to Maputo to visit the embassy to sort out problems with criminal background checks: approximately $200
US consul letter concerning criminal background check: $30
Translation of US consul letter into Portuguese: $25
Reassurance that I can stay in Mozambique for another three months: Priceless?
Three months have passed. I still don’t have a work permit, which means I still don’t have my residence visa, which means I paid Immigration more visits yesterday and today to extend my “precarious residence visa” (yes, it’s really called that – I am a precarious resident).