Throughout this whole crazy adoption process, I have been pretty much addicted to reading various forums, blogs and basically whatever I can get my hands on regarding the adoption process. One of the steps I have mentioned before, and have read about is sending your application into U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Bureau of Citizenship & Immigration Services (also known as the i-600a form). This application, upon approval, allows you to bring an adopted child into the country and makes him your immediate relation.
In each state, there is a local office where you submit your paperwork to. In Michigan, it's the Homeland Security office in Detroit. Wait times for turnaround vary by office, from literally a couple weeks to months and months. Detroit runs about 3 months on average - if you have no hiccups. Since I have a WONDERFUL Agency representative who knows ALL the ins and outs, I was told to wait to submit my i-600a until my Home Study was completed. This is what the Detroit office prefers. So I did... and I am officially on the clock in Detroit as of 6/30/08. Other states, as I mentioned occasionally go faster. And as I have mentioned before, I have the patience of a fly... so I read about other adoptive parent's receiving their approval in like 4-5 weeks with envy!
Today when I got home and checked my mail (expecting maybe something exciting like my phone bill.. ooohhh), guess what I found in my mailbox??? If you guessed an official looking letter on watermark-type paper from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, you were CORRECT! Immediately, my mind starts racing. Could it be....
A) My approval in as little as 2 weeks, making me the fastest person in Michigan history to get approved?
B) A letter asking me for 1,000 more notarized and apostilled documents?
C) A letter saying "ha ha - DENIED"?
D) An appointment to get my fingerprints done?
Well, you can relax now... it's the fingerprint appointment. Which is good news -- we are moving in the right direction!
The appointment that was assigned to me is 7/22/08 @ 9am. Yipes -- good thing I don't live up north, 'eh? Little Yooper talk for those of you Michiganders.
And since I know you're all still wondering... yes, my phone bill came too! :)
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