Passports And Visas To Russia Ukraine Belarus
Passports and visas to Russia Ukraine Belarus. To get a US passport, two passport pictures, an official certified copy of your birth certificate, a valid driver’s license, and a completed Form DS-11 are necesary. You need to apply in person. Maybe you plan on going to Russia on your own?
It isn’t as simple as jumping on a plane. One of the remnants of the old Soviet system is their visa requirement for entry and exit.
Of course, you will need a passport. If you have never applied for a passport before, you can get a form and instructions for applying for a US Passport at this website:
You will need two passport pictures, an official certified copy of your birth certificate, a valid driver’s license, and a completed Form DS-11 available at the website above. You will need to apply in person.
Take all of these items to the main post office in your town during the hours of ten AM to two thirty PM. Chances are they will have an official passport acceptance facility there, or they will be able to direct you to the closest one.
You can get passport pictures processed in a few minutes at Kinko’s, if you are in a hurry, or at Costco, or one of the other big box stores, if you want to save money.
There is a simpler form (DS-82) for those renewing their passport. Only your old passport and two passport pictures are required. You do not have to apply for a renewal in person. The mail in renewal form is at the following website:
Normal processing of passport applications can take up to five or six weeks. They do have expedited services if you are leaving sooner than that. Don’t forget you will need to allow additional time to send your passport to each US embassy of the countries you are going to visit for visa processing so get started early.
Visas To Visit CIS Countries
Once you have a passport, you will need to apply for a visa at the embassy of each of the CIS countries you want to visit that are located in the United States.
CIS countries not listed above have State Department Advisories against travel to those countries. Unless you are a war correspondent, or you have a love of dangerous women from dangerous places, you will not be traveling to those exotic locales.
You Need A Local Sponsor
In order to get a visa processed in CIS countries you need a sponsor. This is usually a tour agency or hotel from the country you are visiting. You can get a private sponsor, such as the woman you are visiting, but this is a major headache.
It is much easier to apply for these visas through an agency that will handle all the paperwork processing at each of the embassies for you. One service that I can recommend to you is: Travel Document Systems 800-424-8472
For each country you are visiting, you will still need one to three passport photos, depending on the country’s requirements, and a completed visa application, that you can get from the websites above.
They will arrange a sponsor for you in each of the countries. You send the paperwork to them along with the required fees and your passport. A few weeks later you will get your passport back with all your visas.Most travel agencies specializing in travel to Russia have this service.
Russian travel agencies vary dramatically in quality and service. One company that I have used successfully is Go To Russia Travel. They are not the least expensive, but they are reliable. Their phone number is 888-263-0023.
As difficult as it may be, there has to be a first date. You cannot have a second or a third date until you have a first date. So you have to learn how to have a successful first date.
If you are doing it right, you should have a ratio of about three or four first dates to second or third dates. Why? Because the purpose of the first date is to see if there is a reason to pursue a relationship beyond the first date.
Think of a first date like you would a job interview. When you are interviewing potential prospects for a job, you conduct a lot of first interviews. From those interviews, you decide who you want to have follow up interviews with.
In other words, your second and third dates, which are really interviews, should be a subset of all of your first dates.
At this point, you may be saying, "You act as if I have a huge list to pick from. What if this is my only dating prospect?" If that is the case, you have not done a proper job of finding a steady supply of prospects.
Online dating sites or offline dating services are designed specifically for this purpose. In other words, they are there to supply you with plenty of first date opportunities.
With the availability of online dating sites, there really is no excuse for not having a lot of potential people to date. The cost of online dating is very reasonable so it is within most people's budget.
The real resource you are expending is your time. So if you aren't successful at finding first dates, you are not putting in enough time and effort in finding them.
You may need to write a better biography or get professional pictures taken of you. But unless you look like the Elephant Man or you just escaped from prison, there is no reason why you can't find someone to have a first date with.
Another point to clear up is that you are not the "job applicant." You are the "prospective employer." Of course, the other person is deciding if they want to carry on a relationship with you as well. But as far as you are concerned, you need to adopt an attitude of the job interviewer, not the job applicant.
Your purpose on the first date is to decide whether or not the person you are meeting "qualifies" for continuing on a long term relationship with you. This is not about ego. It is about finding a match. In other words, is this a good match for me?
It doesn't mean that the other person isn't worthy or you are not worthy, it means do we have the same goals, aspirations, and values, and do we want the same thing in a relationship.
Having a steady supply of prospects and adopting an attitude of the job interviewer is a significant psychological shift from the perspective of most people on their first date. They usually have one or two prospects and they spend their time on the first date trying to qualify themselves for the relationship in the eyes of their potential mate.
Once you have found a person who has what you are looking for and they feel the same way about you, then the fun begins. The fun of dating is learning about each other, peeling away the layers and discovering all those wonderful habits and personality.
So what should you do on your first date to make it successful. The first thing is don't make it expensive and don't make it for hours on end. Meet at a coffe shop for a cup of coffee for an hour. You'll know from there whether or not you want to proceed from there.
Why spend money on an expensive dinner or the whole evening if you know after five minutes that the relationship isn't going anywhere.
Of course, you are excited and nervous at the same time. Dress smart casual. You want to make a good first impression, but don't show up in your Superman outfit.
The purpose is to be yourself not oversell yourself. If you oversell yourself on the first date, what are you going to do on your second date, Wonder Boy?
Everyone worries about what to talk about on dates. Remember to listen and show you're interested in what your date has to say. Show this by asking questions.
When it's time to talk about you, it's not required that you give your entire life story. A brief outline will do, and if you can punctuate it with amusing story then so much the better.
It's advisable to meet in a public place for safety's sake. Fun should be the buzz word. Don't be too intense when you're out there. Have fun, but know what the first date is really about -- whether or not you want to have a second date with this person.