Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Adoption Update

Hooray, hooray - our I-800A application was sent to Citizen and Immigration Services (CIS) today! This is the pre-approval for Mei Mei's visa and it's the hardest part of the whole process because it requires the homestudy, background checks, applications, and large checks. Who knew that obtaining a visa for a yet-to-be-named child was so expensive?

Here's the current state-of-the-checklists:
  • Financial Statement
  • City of Orem Adult Criminal History Records Request
  • Employment letters
  • Notarized forms from our doctors stating that we're not medically interesting
  • Birth and Marriage certificates from Maryland, Verified by the Lt. Governor
  • Adoption application letter
  • Family photos
  • Education hours
  • Homestudy
  • I-800A application sent to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Still to do:
  • Fingerprinting appointment at USCIS
  • I-800A approval
  • Verify all of the documents with the Utah Lt. Governor's Office (it's like the apostilling we had to do for Kaz only different, and don't ask me what the difference is)
  • Send all documents after they've been verified by the Md. and Utah Lt. Governors to the U.S. State Department for double-super verificiation
And then we'll be paper-ready and WACAP can send our dossier to the Chinese Consulate! Whew!

We're still on-track to be matched this fall and travel in the spring. Hooray for being one step closer to Mei Mei!


Hewitts4Him said...

So glad your to do list is smaller than your done list! We're excited too!

kitzkazventure said...

We are about at the same point although we got our fingerprints done on the 25th and got our approval in less than a week later! yikes! We had held our med letters out to do so the date would be as fresh as possible so I am getting one (mabye both) done tomorrow and then the whole cert/apostille too. I need to blog like you did so I can see it all in print....receiving the approval certainly made it more real and I didn't realize (because we don't have it all written out somewhere where we are in the dossier process ( I am being so lax the second time around) and gosh, we are almost ready to apostille!! yikes! :) So exciting though isn't it! I hope your I800 fingerprinting and such goes as smoothly as ours did... :)

Lou Ann said...

Jamie, I got a little tingly when I saw your post title. You are really moving along (big surprise!) and I'm just thrilled for you all.


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