As Phyllis has mentioned here and here, successfully being issued visas is just the start of the process of legalizing our residence here in Ukraine. The laws pertaining to how foreigners go about this process have changed recently, so we're doing some new things, and it's a learning process all over again.
We thought it might be helpful to those of you who are praying for us or just interested in general to give a brief overview of what this registration process involves for us.
I'll give you a hint... it's not nearly as automated and painless as a quick drive to the DMV. =)
Monday - got back from trip to Poland.
Tuesday - went to Zaporozhye OVIR:
1) Talked to N.V., the official responsible for registration of foreigners, received a thorough explanation of what we need to do (a print-out list of at least 10 points), as well as the first 4(?) forms.
2) Went to Ukrainian Baptist Union office, signed one paper for them, they signed and stamped four for me.
Wednesday - took a break.
Thursday - started sorting out what needs to be done here in Dneprorudnoye:
1) Went and talked to head of our apartment co-op, he couldn't help us. (Actually, we misunderstood one another a little)
2) Went to landlord's office, explained what we needed from him, he agreed to help.
3) Went to local internal passport control/registration office, got an explanation of what needed to be done and who could do it for us, the registration clerk for our co-op.
4) Went looking (unsuccessfully) for said registration clerk.
1) Continued trying to find registration clerk for our co-op.
2) Found her, left passports.
3) Came back a couple of hours later to pick up paperwork (some of it in quadruplicate). She'd left some of it for us to fill out. Was informed of the next step (going back to local passport control/registration office).
Most of the papers accumulated at this point in the process.
At this point there are several possible hang-ups and about 5 more steps to go through, I think. Overall, not bad so far, and it's amazing how much a polite (I-want-to-be-legal-please-help-me-be-legal) attitude helps in making progress. =)
We appreciate your thoughts and prayers for us during this learning process.