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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