Immigration…next step

Well, we are excited that we are now officially approved through our agency to adopt from Colombia. So, I want to keep you updated on our next step. We need to be approved through immigration. The Citizenship and Immigration Services received our paperwork and fees on  9/24/14. This process usually takes around 45 days to get an approval.  So around Nov. 8th we should hear something about getting approved. As soon as we get approval through immigration we can send the Dossier to Colombia.

One part of the immigration approval is getting your biometrics done. They schedule the appointment not you. So, when we got the appointment, we knew that God had his hand in this situation again. The  date was on our Fall Break….we didn’t have to take off of work!!! This was totally awesome since the immigration office is in a city 2 hours from us!

SIDE NOTE: I will blog about the Dossier later but basically we really needed our daughter to get some blood work done because of a scheduling nightmare.

So, why not get the lab work done in a town an hour away before we leave to drive the opposite direction for 2 hours. It was going to be an adventure! That’s just the way we do things!

We were done with the lab work and headed to the immigration appt. we had at 12:00 when my husband asked me if I had the paperwork. This was kind of silly because my husband and daughter both saw me carry it out to the car when we left. So, I looked in the seat next to me where my things were and it was NOT there. PANIC!

You see ….apparently this paper if super important! So, we turned around and went to search the house. It was not in the house and the immigration office had a 68 minute wait for the next operator. So, I just prayed we would find it or we would have favor when we arrived. We hopped in the car and headed towards our destination. While driving my sweet husband picked up his book for some light reading and guess what he was using as his bookmark. YEP….those important papers. We still today have NO idea how it got in his book.

It is fantastic that we found the papers but now we were on to our next problem. You see there was no way we could make it on time.

As we entered the doors it was super official. We explained the problem and they said they could not see us at our appointment but we could go in with our daughter to her appointment!! Praise Jesus!

After all of that we had our fingerprints scanned and were on our way!

Check….biometrics….done!

Now we are just waiting for final approval!

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