Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Now On To Immigration Paperwork

The onslaught of killing trees continues here at the Belz household! We received direction yesterday to begin our I-600 paperwork which is the tail end of Sophie's immigration I-600A paperwork that we started in mid-December of last year.
This basically contains similar but not all docs that went into the dossier, but includes the physical USCIS application for immigration, another immigration form and our I-600A approval notice. If I were a copy machine, I would really hate us right about now. We will send this package to Holt tomorrow and this process will run concurrently with our dossier with the Vietnamese Government. Our dossier is still with the Ministry of Justice in Viet Nam for approval. Once that is received it will head to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the province where Sophie is. Once the DOJ receives Sophie's required child documents, our I-600 docs will join hers and then head to the Embassy in Hanoi. The approval of the I-600 after the MOJ and DOJ approvals is estimated at 60 days. We have one final step in Viet Nam, which is the visa petition interview with the Embassy in Hanoi.
So with everything, we are told the we should expect to travel in early December. That would have us home by Christmas, which would be the most unreal gift we could ever receive.

~Hank

6 comments:

myminivanrocks said...

I am so excited that you guys could potentially travel by Christmas! I know that seems like it is so far away, but it will be here before you know it!

Destiny said...

I'm fixing the Christmas drawing so I can get Sophie's name... YES! I'm gonna give her books and flash cards and all sorts of educational stuff.... cause I'm the teacher.

But shhh don't tell!

Love you both!

Libby said...

Woo Hoo! We can have an AWESOME Christmas with your new family!!! Yipee!!! Keep killing those trees - we all want Sophie home!

M is for Mama said...

And what a WONDERFUL Christmas it will be! The BEST!! Congrats again to you all and much love.
The Patterson's

Thomas & Cathy said...

We're with you guys! Travel in December sounds awesome! Let us know next time you're in T-town. We might take a trip of the Turner Turnpike! T & C

StaceynCorey said...

Ugg, the paperwork never seems to end (sadly, even after you come home). I had a friend who once told me that they let you take your child home once your paperwork weighs as much as she does LOL. It seems very true.

Such wonderful news about your timeline. Travel in December would be so wonderful.