Hi there, I have a question that is very hard to find an answer to.
I'm from Australia, and hoping that myself, my wife and 4 children can move to Russia to join the operations of a registered Russian business/charity.
We've been told several different stories about how we can (or how it'll be almost impossible to) get long-term visas.
One source says that we would enter on a multi-entry business visa and immediately begin the process of applying for a 3 year Temporary Residency visa. We'd have 3 months to get the visa application done THEN if it wasn't completed in time, we'd have to leave the country for around 3 days, then come back into the country for another 3 months while we continue to wait for approval.
ANOTHER source tells us that we have to leave for 3 MONTHS, not just 3 days.
Will it really be this difficult? Is there a better way?
I also heard that there is a "Bridging Visa" that you can apply for while you are in the country waiting for them to process your Temporary Residency visa, which makes you exempt from having to leave the country at the end of 6 months.
We are looking at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin Island.
Thanks so much for your advice.