It’s not clear what happened: the Swedish Migration Service says that Kostia’s residence/work permit application arrived without the necessary employment invitation and so the application hasn’t been processed because it is incomplete; the Swedish Consulate in St. Petersburg, where we submitted our (completed!) applications, claims that they sent everything and that everything is fine. The university is finally getting involved and hopefully all this will be resolved soon, but it is mighty irritating that the applications were submitted seven weeks ago and we only just found out that they weren’t being processed.

I’m really starting to despise government bureaucracies. And I hate it that the age of globalization means that people can ship stupid environmentally devastating plastic crap all over the world, but that it seems to be getting more difficult and unpleasant for actual human beings to cross borders.