Now that I’m home from my month in Spain, I’m making plans for future travels, which are quite interesting. I’m planning on spending 3-4 months in Kyrgyzstan taking Russian lessons, and, of course, that requires a visa.
However, the simple task was definitely more difficult than it should have been. Here’s why:
I was looking at the visa information on the Kyrgyz Embassy website when I notice there is no option for a student visa listed – only tourist, transit, or business. The language school in Bishkek said that I needed a “normal” visa for 3 months, that way I can extend it to 4 months when I am there (and this is not possible with a tourist visa).
So, I decided to fill out the contact form last week on the Kyrgyz Embassy’s site to see if they can offer more information. A few days went by without a response.
On Monday, I decided to phone them, but all I got was a voicemail to leave a message, which I did.
Another day went by without a response, so I phoned again, got the same message, and left another voicemail (making sure to repeat my name and phone number clearly).
Still, on Wednesday, I had not heard back by phone or email. I ended up calling 5 times in a 3 hour time span before I actually got someone on the line, but as soon as I asked them a question, they hung up! Are you kidding me?!
I called back immediately, getting the voicemail. I hung up and tried for a record 7th time and FINALLY got an answer to my question. They said to apply for a business visa. Now I’m not sure if that sounds right, but that’s what I’m sending to them. The invitation letter should help.
Hopefully everything works out!