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Switching from the 3 month teacher visa to a business one?

 
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MadGoldfish



Joined: 28 Apr 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:36 pm    Post subject: Switching from the 3 month teacher visa to a business one? Reply with quote

Posted this in the general forum without any reference to a country, which was a bit embarrassing! Embarassed

It's a bit of a strange situation.

I needed a new passport (no pages left), so I figured I'd do it when back at home for NY, because the process takes 6 weeks here and is more expensive, and I wanted to travel to Uzbekistan in Feb.

I did some research, checked with vfsglobal etc etc and they said it would be fine, I could just transfer my visa from my old passport to my new one.

Turn up at the embassy, pay my fee, and they transfer my visa, but only give me a 3 month one. They said that it's all they can issue, but no problem, just contact the ministry of foreign affairs in Moscow and they'll reinstate the old yearly one.

Well.... My school has kicked up an absolute stink about this and is saying that they'll have to pay for a whole new yearly visa, and that I'll have to pay 50% (and leave the country) coz it's my fault and why did I do this etc etc

The twist in the tail is that I'm actually planning on leaving in mid-June, so there is no way in hell I want to pay for half a yearly visa and morally no way I want them to pay the full fee again.

What do you suggest?

- Firstly, has anyone had a similar experience, and do you know if I can contact anyone at the ministry of foreign affairs who could directly clarify to me if I really do need a whole new one, or if they can transfer the old one?

- Secondly, is it possible to switch to a business visa in-country from this 3 month one I've got now, just to cover the last 2 months approx of my stay? Or will I have to leave the country, and if so will I have to go back to my home country or can I just nip off for a weekend in Talinn?

Any advice or pointers appreciated! Cool
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Peg Leg Pete



Joined: 12 Feb 2010
Posts: 79
Location: Moscow

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think you need to speak to someone who is a specialist. Never tried them, but have heard good reports about them:

http://www.rusvisa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=24&Itemid=38 Contact them and they might be able to suggest a workable solution.

Not sure what the school has said is correct - I'm pretty sure the visa is just transferred across without a substantial cost (but not an expert). Maybe the school has never come across this before and has hit the panic button.

Good luck!
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Sashadroogie



Joined: 17 Apr 2007
Posts: 9327
Location: Moskva, The Workers' Paradise

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I'd say that you need to speak to an agency with some expertise in this matter. If it is any help, though, my gut tells me it is totally wrong in every sense for the school to say that you are liable for the visa costs involved. Only the employer is liable for this, as far as I know. Don't envy your position, but remember you could always just pay the school the money and then ditch them and work privately.

However, I would strongly suggest that you forget about the morals involved in them having to pay for a full visa once or even twice. That is their duty, regardless of whether you hand in your notice in June or not. They'd drop you without a thought, were it to suit them. And no redundancy payments either. (Dunno which school this is, but I do know they are all very, very similar...)

Best of luck to you.
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MadGoldfish



Joined: 28 Apr 2011
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers guys, I'll contact that agency tomorrow.

I'm pretty much convinced that the school doesn't know what they're talking about. Surprise surprise eh? Laughing

Sashadroogie wrote:
They'd drop you without a thought, were it to suit them.


This is where you're wrong Sasha, no school would ever drop me. I mean, I've got an MBA, 10 years experience teaching PhD students at Stanford, 6 years as a specialist grammar consultant at Oxford University Press, and I'm only teaching on the side to earn beer money while I take a break from heading up the New Yorker's Russia office.

So says the CV my school sends to their clients anyway Wink
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