Friday, March 16, 2012

Legalizing Hunsuckers...

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.


amy in peru said...

I am SO thankful that here in Peru there is a non-profit organization (in the capital city) that keeps abreast of all the changes and which for a fee does almost all of the legwork for us!! Your post reminds me of all that we would have to do ourselves otherwise!

We just got back from doing this last week and the whole process took us 5 days at the capital. But, we walked away with our documents! SO much easier than in earlier days. It used to take a month and involve having to travel out of the country and back. Phew, I'm glad they changed that! :)

I will pray for you guys right now again. :)

Love from Peru,

Phyllis said...

Yes! I've just been amazed at how Will's keeping up with all this. Almost everyone else that I've heard of has a lawyer or some kind of help. Will just keeps plodding through it by himself.

Thanks for the prayers!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you took the time to explain this. My dc and I have been praying for you and unfortunately I couldn't answer some of their questions regarding your visas. What began as the Lord putting it on my heart to pray for your family has now turned into spontaneous civics, geographical and language lessons!

We will continue to pray.