As you know, I am from Crimea. And this means that my main documents could hypothetically be either a passport of Ukraine or a passport of Russia. But in any of these cases, to get into the UK, I needed a visa. However, the UK government is strict about issuing visas and for me to get a visa here seemed like to fly into space.
So I didn’t even see the UK as the part of the world I was going to go. But my friend found an interesting job option here just for six months and offered it to me. I only had to fill out the paperwork and file it with the embassy. I didn’t need to provide information about bank accounts or rent a house because my employer was appeared as a sponsor.
Difficulties I have encountered:
1.I had to accept the fact that this wasn’t the job I was used to (I was a teacher in Crimea). So it was more of a job that locals don’t want to do.
2.I was afraid of the refusal due to the fact that I am from the Crimea, which has been under sanctions since 2014
3.Quite expensive tickets and all of them with multiple transfers.
I agreed to these conditions, got a visa surprisingly very quickly and without problems, bought a ticket and arrived first in London then to Belfast and finally to the town where my job was.
I was sure I would go home in six months and didn’t consider other options. However, life makes its own adjustments and where the end of my story should have been, it turned out to be its beginning…