Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Between a rock and a hard place....

Visa changes!!

From US State Dept website:

"As of September 10, 2011, all foreigners who plan to stay in Ukraine for more than 90 days are subject to new visa and residency permit rules.  All visas issued prior to September 10, 2011 are no longer valid for entry into Ukraine after September 10.  If you entered Ukraine on a visa issued prior to September 10th, you can stay in the country for as long as your registration remains valid (see below for more information on registering your visa) but you will not be able to extend your stay without leaving Ukraine and getting a new visa abroad.  If you have a pre-September 10 visa and leave Ukraine for any reason, you will have to get a new visa before you can return, even if your registration is still valid."

So, looks like the $140 we all shelled for a biz visa in August was money down the drain. And if we stay we get a fine, but if we leave we can't get back in without paying for a new visa. Yeah, sounds like fun!

Does anyone know of a good lawyer in Kharkov? I think I will try to register and stay...

2 comments:

  1. try this resource - the teacher named also Kate lived and worked in Kharkov with her family for ca. 8 months.

    http://reynoldsukrainejournal.blogspot.com/

    Maybe this could help you to sort out your long-stay-in-Ukraine problems...

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