Yesterday I had a productive time at physical therapy (for hip pain). The only thing missing today was an answer to the visa question.
January 7th, Russian Christmas, is about the time when I'm usually back in Russia. Of course, if I were there instead of here, I wouldn't be going to physical therapy. But I was getting a bit antsy, wondering what I am going to do for the rest of the time and for how long. I didn't have any more answers than when I arrived, almost a month and a half ago!
I've been wondering if I should think of alternatives, but none really appealed. I did start a draft to another potential employer today, but I didn't send it. My brother suggested picking a time period ("say, 6 months") and just finding a way to occupy myself during that time. But I really didn't want to think that far ahead.
A few weeks ago I got a reply to my email (which had been marked urgent), with my boss agreeing to talk to me on the phone. However, she didn't leave her number. After another week or two, she sent a text with her number. For the past week or so I've been calling and getting no answer. Today I finally sent a text from my cell phone asking her to call me. And she actually did!
Apparently, we have gone through 3 different companies trying to get the work visas done. But the final one is supposedly a sure-bet and they are projecting to have work visas ready at the end of April. In the meantime, my boss said she would order a 3-month visa for herself and for me. She said the invitation would take a "few weeks." That sounds conservative to me, but we'll see.
I might be back in Russia within a month.