Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Getting the docs

This is part of my series on pursuing temporary residency in St. Petersburg, Russia (look under label "residency").

I haven't gone to get fingerprinted yet, although expat.ru has a really helpful forum thread related specifically to Americans getting a criminal background check. They tell it mostly from the point of view of getting it while in Russia. I am hoping to obtain it while in the States so I don't have to deal with the international postal system. But a lot of the information is still applicable.

In the meantime, I do have one document that I can check off my list...my birth certificate! It's here (a copy), in notarized form.


  1. Sounds a bit like adopting. Could you get an INS fingerprint check? It costs a bit, but I know they accept them in Russia.

  2. The FBI one doesn't seem that complicated. But I am afraid it may expire, so I'm wondering if I should wait and do it later.


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