Well, another piece of the puzzle was put into place....The puzzle that is this paper-trail and government-approval part of our adoption....We received our form I-171d last night from Chicago CIS (Immigration!). This is the "Approval of Relative Immigrant Visa Petition". This form classifies Isaac as an 'immediate relative' of a US Citizen...and will allow him to apply for a visa to travel home to America!
Funny...CIS told me a week ago, that they didn't receive the application for this, until one month after the date our social worker said it'd been sent and the package was signed for/received by CIS! Also...funny it shows up a week after I e-mailed and pitched a fit....It pays to check on things...and to push!! Whatever works!One of the gals on the discussion list of waiting families I belong to - posted this timeline, below, of the last steps it took...when they completed their Korean adoption...this gives us an idea of how much longer it might be.
2 weeks to receive our I-171D from CIS (CIS had ours 1 month! But got this yesterday, dated 1-23-09)
1 week for the NVC to receive I-171D & forward it to the Embassy
1 week for the Embassy to send our P3 packet to Eastern*2 weeks for Eastern to return our P3 packet & Embassy to schedule visa interview
1 week from return of P3 packet to visa appointment
4 days from visa appt to travel call
So it sounds like we're on target for the last week of February-first week of March, as originally guesstimated...IF everything goes as it should...and keeps moving. They do only issue a certain number of Visas per month...so hopefully the quota isn't reached already before Isaac's Visa is up for issuance. I'm just praying and keeping my fingers crossed!!!