Lee and I received notification that USCIS has provisionally approved our I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative. I think they throw the word "provisionally" in just to mess with you....I mean, by now we know there Must be another form to fill out! He, he, he!
Tonight, with help from LSS NY, we filled out the DS 230 "Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration" and the I-864W "Intending Immigrant's Affidavit of Support Exemption". The 230 is pretty straight forward and starts the Visa process, the I-864W is about making sure your adoptive children have "adequate means of financial support and that they are not likely to become a public charge." Government forms make me laugh. Any who! We are going to UPS these forms to Poland so they can be delivered to the US Embassy for review.
Here is where Spring starts knocking on our door.... After the US Embassy reviews our documents, an Article 5 is issued which if I understand correctly prompts our Judge to set a court date. However, sometimes we are told judges like to send the Article 5 to another governing body called the ministry? to review the paper work and they can take up to 2-3 weeks to stamp and return. Wow! (Insert extremely long pause and deep breath) So, we are hoping for travel dates at the beginning of February or possibly......beginning of March?
In order to end on a high note, I submit the following pictures of the crazy people I work with! They TOTALLY surprised me on Friday with a Toddler Shower! I HAD NO CLUE! :0
(PS - Very bad hair day -it was 5 degrees and I wore a hat, ear muffs and a scarf to work, so don't dwell!)
We are just nutty, I know! Actually, somebody spiked the punch! Just Kidding! :)