This time last year, I was "exiled" in the U.S. Well, the holidays were over, and I was ready to come back to Russia. ;)
I waited several months for a work visa that never came through. And I made it back to St. Petersburg in the spring.
In the next week or two I should be able to find about this year's quota, determine whether or not I can apply for temporary residency, and learn what the requirements are for me specifically. I am not really looking forward to it, but at least I have the study option for another 5 1/2 months, so I don't have to worry about visas simultaneously.
Oddly enough, the company that had wanted to offer me work in the spring has recently resurfaced.
I think an adventure is coming...