Thursday, August 20, 2015

More updates!

Our I800 (petition to the U.S. to classify Hannah as an immediate relative which will make her a citizen) was approved on August 18th - yay!

Next step is for the National Visa Center to send our approval information to the US Consulate in Guangzhou, China.  :-)  They will send a confirmation letter to us which we need to request our Article 5 letter which is the next step in the process.  The Article 5 letter lets the CCCWA (China's adoption authority) know that our immigration file is complete for the adoption.  (It sounds like it is basically a 2nd copy of the LOA, signed by someone at the Consulate?)  After the Article 5 letter has been sent to the CCCWA, we are officially waiting for Travel Approval at which point we can travel!

At this pace, it looks like we will be traveling more like early October (if we keep getting good turnaround on timelines)!  We could even possibly travel in September, but China shuts down the first week in October, so it looks like even if our paperwork gets ready in time, the earliest we will travel is after that first week since we have to have government agencies open while we are there.

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