This is a part of my series on pursuing temporary residency in St. Petersburg, Russia (look at posts labeled "residency").
When I heard that it was often a scramble to get all the documents for temporary residency, I thought...not me! I decided to try to get some of them done ahead of time.
However, it has taken me all summer to figure out that the background check will not be accepted by the Russian government if it is more than 3 months old. So it would be premature to get it done now.
I guess I'll have to hang on to my fingerprint card for a few more months, when it's closer to January.
I did order a copy of my college transcript, which might not be necessary, but is still good to have if you're planning to work or study abroad.
Of course I will be getting everything apostilled so that the Russian government will recognize it as official.
Even though I haven't been able to check off very many boxes, I think the research will pay off later.