Friday, November 23, 2012

Bad news from Russia

Anna received some bad news from her employer today. It seems her days are numbered there. She has been an employee at this particular educational institution for over 7 years.
Today, during a meeting, the director of the institution announced that they will be closing their doors. While this came as no surprise to Anna, approximately 70% of the other employed personnel were shocked at the news.
This is all part of a major plan to shut down many universities throughout Russia with the thought of improving the quality of education vs. quantity of education. It was a plan that was started with former Prime Minister (and now president)  Vladimir Putin and supported by the current Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
This will not only take away jobs from many people in Russia, but it possibly will limit the abilities for many potential students to find further education in Russia.
While I will not get into any political debate regarding this issue, my biggest concern is for Anna. I am glad that we have already begun the process to bring Anna and her children here. My only hope is that our petition is approved before her employment is terminated there.
It has been one month since the Department of Homeland Security received our petition and the average length of time is 5 months for an approval. Now we are in a race against time. We only hope that our I-129f Petition will be approved before the scheduled closure. The last thing she needs to worry about is to look for a new job there.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A mother's work is never done

As we continue to wait for our papers to be approved by the Department of Homeland Security, Anna must file papers with the courts in Russia to allow her daughter to leave Russia.
The father of her daughter disappeared 9 years ago and now Anna has to get a judgement in court to allow her to leave the Russian Federation.
This will be required for her to come here. So Anna had to retain the services of a lawyer to file papers with the court system in Russia to either declare her first husband dead or missing.
Unfortunately we are at the mercy of not only the USCIS, but now we are at the mercy of the Russian Court System.
But we are confident that the court system will rule in her favor and when the USCIS finally approves our petition, she will have no difficulty getting a visa for her daughter to come here.
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