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Post Number:#1  PostPosted: 16 Feb 2012 15:06 
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Hi all,
I found this forum as a result of a google search. I am by no means new to foriegn culture, but there is something quite unique about women from the FSU...In the course of researching all I could about the pitfalls of dating a woman from FSU I found many sites and tiopics but none more helpful and friendly as this one.
I have been corresponding with a wonderful lady from St Petersburg for several weeks now and because of visa red tape and finance we are meeting in Estonia in 3 weeks time.
I am 42 and she is in her mid thirties, I have had nothing but positive signs that all is well. Everything I have read on this forum so far has been very useful....thank you.
I would also like to point out that I feel like a giddy youngster over this woman and this forum is a great way to ground myself in the real world...LOL


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 Post subject: Re: Hi from a New Member -Tracker
Post Number:#2  PostPosted: 16 Feb 2012 15:44 
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Hello Tracker and [welcome1.gif] to Russian world forums.

Thank you for the nice words about the forum and all of us here we will be delighted to help you in any way we can so you can achieve aim.

St Petersburg is a wonderful city and you should visit the place one day, when you can.

Can you please tell us a bit more about the visa problems........ and why you decided to meet in Estonia?

That will help us understand better your situation and yes searching for a Russian woman is very exciting but did you read the Golden Rules?

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PS: It will be much appreciated if you upload an avatar, so we a glance we can identify the poster.

Thank you

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 Post subject: Re: Hi from a New Member -Tracker
Post Number:#3  PostPosted: 16 Feb 2012 16:37 
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Thank you Wiz

I have read the golden rules and various other dos and donts on other sites and I am satisfied that i am well in the green all the way. thats not to say I havent encountered some women that didnt ring alarm bells, and it was thanks in part to this forum that I had an idea what to look for and expect.
In answer to the visa question, I have not experienced any difficulties as yet, its just I anticipate problems. Foremost being my income. I live on a modest army pension and due to injuries have no employment at the moment, so proving an income that is able to even sustain a visit from my lady would be difficult. She does work, but it is modest employment and doesnt pay a great deal...enough to pay for schengen visa and travel tickets etc (she is fiercely proud of her financial independance, but I do plan to reimburse her somehow..although she doesnt know it yet..lol) ...but Uk visas are going to be a problem for us both. Estonia just seemed to make sense for a first meet, being EU and schengen it was easier for us both and is relatively inexpensive....e.g easyjet £96 return from stanstead.
If all goes well it is my plan to to go to St Petersburg to see her....


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Post Number:#4  PostPosted: 16 Feb 2012 19:16 
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Hello Tracker and welcome to the board.

Hope al goes well for you in your first meeting and we are looking forward to read your travel report after your are back.

Meanwhile if there is something you want to ask, even trivial, do not hesitate to do so.

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 Post subject: Re: Hi from a New Member -Tracker
Post Number:#  PostPosted: 16 Feb 2012 21:55 
Hello from one newbie to another.
As guys that are new to this quest it might be helpful if we can compare notes.


  
 
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Post Number:#6  PostPosted: 17 Feb 2012 07:58 
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Tracker ImageandImage to the forum.

Felling like a giddy youngster Image when encountering a Russian woman, been there, done that and I am still wearing the "T"-shirt.

With regards to the visa issues, visas are not such a daunting issue.
You do not need to worry too much about finances when dealing with a tourist visa to Russia or a visitor visa to the UK.
In saying that financial issues do come into play when settlement visa are being considered but there is no need to build that bridge until you know where the river is.

A little bit about visas.
    UK visas there are many different types the relevant ones for you at present are listed below.

      The Tourist Visa
        This visa is intended for foreign nationals who are part of an organised tour group or travelling individual tourists staying in pre-booked accommodation such as a hotel.
        This should not be used to initially visit family, friends or partners living in the UK.

      The Visitor Visa
        This visa is generally used by foreign nationals that require a visa to enter the UK and who wish to visit their friends, family or partners who are resident in the UK.
        Who will not be visiting as a tourist or part of a tour group.

          The basic visitor visa is generally valid for six months from the date of visa issue at the consulate and allows for multiple entries, this means that the visa recipient may enter and leave the United Kingdom as many times as they wish within the period of the validity of the visa.
                Caveat
                  Under some circumstances (very, very unusual) the Embassy may put restrictions on the length of the duration visa or on the number of entries.

The biggest issue with obtaining a UK visa is that the applicants must be able to prove that there are real reasons for them to return to Russia.
Another issue is that the visitor visa applicant must be able to show that they have the ability to return to Russia if the visit goes pear-shaped.

Since you state that the lady you are communicating with is employed that is a major hurdle overcome, assuming that her employer pays her salary into a bank account.


There is a very good agency in London that specialises in dealing with visas for Russia.
To view the post about this agency (on this forum click the Imagefor REAL RUSSIA visa and Travel Services

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 Post subject: Re: Hi from a New Member -Tracker
Post Number:#7  PostPosted: 17 Feb 2012 10:49 
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Thanks for the info and warm welcome guys!


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