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From NGO rumors to Accreditation rumors
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Much like the NGO situation, there are plenty of rumors on when reaccreditation will begin. First off some facts, the consensus is that the MOE must communicate the details of the new government decree #654 to the various agencies and that until that occurs the MOE is not accepting applications for accreditation. Most agencies, however, know most of what will be required and have already put together their applications and are ready to submit them (our agency included).

Now here's where the rumors diverge.

There are some people who have been told by their agency that they have been able to submit documents (although possible, I highly doubt it). Other rumors include an exact date in which accreditation will occur: January 15th (I doubt this even more). As usual our agency does a very good job of communication including telling us all the rumors out there. And as usual, they provide their take which is always on the conservative side.

And quite frankly we much prefer it that way. With all the emotions, with all the friends and family members constantly asking "what's happening now", getting your hopes up every week only to be disappointed is not a good thing.

On the hotline yesterday, they mentioned that every single time estimate that the MOE (or other government group) has provided has been wrong (as in taken MUCH longer). So even though the MOE has stated they will expedite the reaccreditation process, our agency is totally dismissing that and believes it will in fact take longer than normal to get accreditation.

So while there are tons of rumors that accreditation will be done quickly, our agency (and I'm happy they are) are being very conservative and bracing us for the possibility that accreditation may not occur until Feb or March (or even later).

I still believe that the most likely scenario for us is a referral (and thus 1st trip to Russia) in the late Feb/Mar range with a worst case being in the June/July range. However, as each day goes by without the MOE accepting accreditation applications, the likelihood of an April or May 1st trip becomes more and more realistic.
posted by Steveg @ 8:39 AM  
4 Comments:
  • At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well that's not good news. But it's news. Thanks for the update.
    And thanks for the info I'd forgotten about that site you mentioned.

     
  • At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Steve - This is Cristina W.

    I've been talking via email with my contact direct in Russia. Unfortunately, she tells me those working on that side really have no clue when things will get moving again. She wants it to happen quickly too - she's out of work! Anyway, everyone is hoping that after the holidays timing and specifics will start to come out.

     
  • At 8:49 PM, Blogger MMrussianadoption said…

    Oy I wish they would just reaccredit people already!

     
  • At 9:50 AM, Blogger Jim said…

    MoE posted details on document submission today on the usynovite.ru website. Documents will start being accepted tomorrow (December 20). Details on FRUA chat.

     
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