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The question came up this week about bringing Oksana's 60+ year old mother to the States to visit after we buy our home and it got me thinking about if it will be possible. My Mother-in-law is a Pentioner and a widow, but owns her flat and has a daughter and granddaughter near her, plus many friends near her.

Any thoughts on the possibility?

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The question came up this week about bringing Oksana's 60+ year old mother to the States to visit after we buy our home and it got me thinking about if it will be possible. My Mother-in-law is a Pentioner and a widow, but owns her flat and has a daughter and granddaughter near her, plus many friends near her.

Any thoughts on the possibility?

Dave

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The question came up this week about bringing Oksana's 60+ year old mother to the States to visit after we buy our home and it got me thinking about if it will be possible. My Mother-in-law is a Pentioner and a widow, but owns her flat and has a daughter and granddaughter near her, plus many friends near her.

Any thoughts on the possibility?

Dave

It's definitely possible. My MIL travels here without much of an issue as far as visas. Her situation is actually quite similar. She's a pensioner with no stable work but is the head resident of the apartment where she lives and has family with her in Russia. She also has a history of Schengen visas and has always returned on time.

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A little bit more difficult in the Ukraine, that it would've been in Russia, but as far as I understand her other daughter and granddaughter are going to stay in the Ukraine? It's a good proof for having family ties with the Ukraine, so she should be fine. Plus she owns an apartment, which is also a good thing.


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A little bit more difficult in the Ukraine, that it would've been in Russia, but as far as I understand her other daughter and granddaughter are going to stay in the Ukraine? It's a good proof for having family ties with the Ukraine, so she should be fine. Plus she owns an apartment, which is also a good thing.

Um...Ukraine, not "the Ukraine"

I understand, but have no experience, that older women on pensions have an easier time of getting a tourist visa. My MIL is on a pension but feels her health would prevent her from traveling, so it has not been an issue for us yet.

Property has never been much "proof of returning" it can be sold and the money wired. Family ties for an older woman may be considered pretty strong. The main thing seems to be that they are not concerned about her "doing a runner" and seeking employment in the USA.

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A history of travel and return, especially using a Shengen visa would be a big plus. At least this seemed to help my step daughter who lives in the Russia.


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A history of travel and return, especially using a Shengen visa would be a big plus. At least this seemed to help my step daughter who lives in the Russia.

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Um...Ukraine, not "the Ukraine"

A history of travel and return, especially using a Shengen visa would be a big plus. At least this seemed to help my step daughter who lives in the Russia.

:P Whatever. It may be old, but that's what they kept teaching us. The funniest thing, that in Russian language there is also a controversial issue (в Украине or на Украине - for those, who happen to be familiar with Russian).

Russia was never used with an article though, unless it is "the Russian Federation".


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:P Whatever. It may be old, but that's what they kept teaching us. The funniest thing, that in Russian language there is also a controversial issue (в Украине or на Украине - for those, who happen to be familiar with Russian).

Russia was never used with an article though, unless it is "the Russian Federation".

Offically, if there is such a thing, Ukraine was called "the Ukraine" while part of the Soviet Union. I do not know the details wahy and will not speculate. After independence, the government chose to "officially" drop the article and simply call it "Ukraine" Russia may or may not have followed along.

SOME Ukrainians get somewhat miffed if you call it "the Ukraine" as it would indicate they are "still not independent" Alla really doesn't care.

For me it is just one of those useless pet peeves which also irritate me when people refer to "Czechoslovakia" or "Yugoslavia" I also cannot count the times I have said that I was flying to Kiev and people said "Oh...really? You are going to Russia?" :bonk:

When Alla told one person she was from "Ukraine" they asked "Isn't it summer there now?" :lol:


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The Ukraine=на Украине, the idea of Ukraine as a "region." на is used for islands, regions, and, of course, the post office. В has more of an idea as a separate country, which is why в Украине, while technically grammatically incorrect, is favored by nationalists/Orange Revolution Supporters/Ukrainians (I guess).


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Offically, if there is such a thing, Ukraine was called "the Ukraine" while part of the Soviet Union. I do not know the details wahy and will not speculate. After independence, the government chose to "officially" drop the article and simply call it "Ukraine" Russia may or may not have followed along.

You do realise that English is not an official language in Russia, don't you?

And when people are taught that "the Ukraine" is an exception along with "the Netherlands", that's the way they are most likely be saying it. So, when you see a mistake you don't have to make fun of it, writing some stupid stuff like "the Russia" (I know that you didn't, just saying), you can just give an explanation. At least a person, who took an effort to learn your language and is still making an effort trying to improve it, deserves a little respect.


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The Ukraine=на Украине, the idea of Ukraine as a "region." на is used for islands, regions, and, of course, the post office. В has more of an idea as a separate country, which is why в Украине, while technically grammatically incorrect, is favored by nationalists/Orange Revolution Supporters/Ukrainians (I guess).

Exactly. In the Russian language both of the variants are considered to be correct at the moment.


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You do realise that English is not an official language in Russia, don't you?

And when people are taught that "the Ukraine" is an exception along with "the Netherlands", that's the way they are most likely be saying it. So, when you see a mistake you don't have to make fun of it, writing some stupid stuff like "the Russia" (I know that you didn't, just saying), you can just give an explanation. At least a person, who took an effort to learn your language and is still making an effort trying to improve it, deserves a little respect.

At least you didn't say the ultimate insult to a Ukrainian and call it... Malorossia.


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You do realise that English is not an official language in Russia, don't you?

And when people are taught that "the Ukraine" is an exception along with "the Netherlands", that's the way they are most likely be saying it. So, when you see a mistake you don't have to make fun of it, writing some stupid stuff like "the Russia" (I know that you didn't, just saying), you can just give an explanation. At least a person, who took an effort to learn your language and is still making an effort trying to improve it, deserves a little respect.

So it's stupid.... Sorry, but I do understand Russians don't understand American humor.


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a controversial issue (в Украине or на Украине - for those, who happen to be familiar with Russian).

The way I speak Russian is always controversial whether it's about the Ukraine or not.

Ukraine was called "the Ukraine" while part of the Soviet Union.

eekee pretty much nailed this one. For the most part, when areas are called "the" something, it's because they are (or were) part of something else. For instance, you can still holiday in "the" Crimea, right?

I also cannot count the times I have said that I was flying to Kiev and people said "Oh...really? You are going to Russia?" :bonk:

When Alla told one person she was from "Ukraine" they asked "Isn't it summer there now?" :lol:

We have some of those folks around here too. The folks who think Gatlinburg is an exotic destination. "Oooh. Y'all are going to Branson next year? Wow. You must be rich."

So it's stupid.... Sorry, but I do understand Russians don't understand American humor.

Explains why we both live in the doghouse several times a month.


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