Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Approval letter arrives!

Wow! Only 6 days after being fingerprinted, our CIS approval arrived in the mail yesterday. Finally something happened faster than we were expecting! This afternoon I made a quick trip to Springfield to have the form and our home study certified and mailed them to Chicago to the Chinese Consulate to be authenticated. Once we get them back, our dossier can be ON ITS WAY!

Meanwhile, we have just begun watching a 9-month-old girl four days a week, which is giving all of us good practice having another little one around. She is very sweet, and we are enjoying her!

Friday, August 27, 2010

CIS Fingerprints

We had our fingerprinting appointment with USCIS on Tuesday, August 24th. The appointment letter states that if you do not show up for your appointment, your application will be considered abandoned. Mark and I drove up the night before and stayed with some family that lives near Naperville. Armed with a map and GPS, we left their home at 7:30 am for our 8:00 appointment. Our drive was supposed to take 17 minutes, so we thought we were in good shape. After some unanticipated construction, we finally got to the intersection where we were headed at exactly 8:00. Only one small problem -- we could NOT find the office! We were in an area filled with various strip shopping centers and we drove and drove, looking for the right place. Finally, at 8:16 we found it and ran in. We told the lady that we had some trouble finding the office, and she said,"Yeah -- we hear that every day." It was no problem that we were late, and the fingerprinting went well. The technician told me that there should be no trouble with my fingerprints being readable, praise the Lord!

Now we are just waiting for our approval from USCIS. Once we have that our dossier will be complete and we can send it off to China!