Just a little update - Our home study was completed in late May, so we were able to submit our I800A to USCIS (US Citizenship & Immigration Services) in early June. This is the request for the US government to approve us as adoptive parents, and it included our home study along with some other documents. As part of the approval process, we both have to be fingerprinted at our local USCIS office, and we got that appointment notice in the mail early last week.
Our assigned appointment was for Thursday, July 3, but that date wasn’t at all convenient for us, so we took our chances and just walked in early yesterday morning to see if they could take us. (Rescheduling your assigned appointment is next to impossible.) Thankfully, we didn’t have any problems and were in and out of the office in about 30 minutes. Now that our fingerprints are done, our I800A approval will hopefully arrive within a week or two.
Two weeks ago went sent off a stack of papers to be certified by our Secretary of State’s office, and we got those back last week. Once we get the I800A approval, we’ll get it notarized and then also sent to the state for certification. After that, all our dossier documents will go to the Chinese Consulate for authentication; hopefully we can send those off in about a month. Once we receive the authenticated documents, we just add in a few required photos, and our dossier is complete!
We will send it to CCAI offices in Colorado where it will receive one final review and then be sent on to China. CCCWA should review it and get it logged in within a week or two. So we’re hoping to be logged in by mid-August. Then the hard part – waiting for the phone to ring with news!!