The "crisis" has come around to my little corner of the universe. I'm going to give some background information, but if you know all this, scroll to the end for an update.
August 2007- I receive my usual 12-month multi-entry business visa (charity purposes) with no restrictions.
October 2007- New visa law is passed, but is a bit vague. Will I have to leave in November since I got my visa in September? Will it apply to our kind of work, since we're non-profit? Are there going to be any amendments?
Late 2007- Looks like it applies to us, although my current visa is still good under the old regime. Time to start looking for options before it runs out.
June 2008- I found a place that will get me a work visa sometime in October 2008. I just have to get a 3-month visa for the gap period.
August 2008- 12-month visa is expired. I'm in the U.S. getting another business visa, 3-month this time since I can't stay any longer than that.
September 2008- enter Russia, start new job.
October 2008- no work permit yet. That's okay, I still have another month.
November 2008- 3-month visa is expiring. They are saying December now for the work permit. I'll go to the States and wait it out.
December 2008- Now I'm hearing February for the work permit.
January 2009- I won't have the work permit until April, so I'll have to get another 3-month visa until then. But am I allowed another 3-month visa before the 90-days are up?
And here's the latest:
-we have lost our clients due to the economic crisis. There is "no work" for our teachers right now.
-no work means no work permit. No work permit means no work visa. It's back to square one!
-I need a work visa or a student visa. Or I can come and go every 90 days. I've begun Googling "work for missionaries in St. Petersburg" yet again. My own blog comes up. Not very helpful! Working had seemed like the better option since I've been teaching anyway. However, with the lack of job opportunities I am not sure anymore. Hopefully there will be clarity soon...
-In another month (end of February-beginning of March), I can get another 90-day visa to Russia and try to figure things out while I'm there.
You know, maybe it's a good thing that I didn't get a work permit. It would be kind of useless with the job loss.