The Lord is our Portion

The Lord is our Portion

Monday, December 16, 2013

Been Busy! fingerprinting, NVC, Article 5 & visas

Finally, all of our prints are completed and all the U.S side of paperwork is complete! Blessing #2 became an “another adult in the house” so we had to get her USCIS prints run for homeland security…we got our letter saying her appointment date was scheduled for Nov. 15, 2013 at 8 am –Hubby took her the day after we got our letter and PRAISE God they did them! They were in and out of the office within an hour!
uscis mimi 1 - Copyuscis mimi 2 - Copyuscis us 3 - Copy
Well Hubby, blessing #1 and my original USCIS prints were going to expire on Feb. 5, 2014 which was to close to our estimate travel dates….so we had to get ours redone also! Our scheduled date was Dec. 3, 2013 at 8 and 9 am. Well, this was a little trickier cause of blessing #1 rigorous college schedule and trying to get him home with the least amount of missed classes. Plus we didn’t want to wait that long just to get our prints done and our officer working on our case suggested we try to go in as quickly as we could. We were able to bring him home and go try to get our prints done on Nov. 15th…we went in and the USCIS officer gave us a little bit of a hard time for not coming on our scheduled date and told us they would try we may have to sit and wait a while. We all began praying! Well we ended up being out of there within an hour!! PRAISE God again!  When you get your prints done there it is scanned onto the computer and between our 2 adoptions this was our 4th time being fingerprinted just by USCIS!!!(that doesn’t count the ones for local/county, state and FBI-seriously my neighbors should feel super safe living by us!) So I was curious why if they were done on computer why couldn’t they just re-run them without us having to go there. I asked the officer why did we have to come back in there, why couldn’t they just run the ones on file, do they keep records of them? She replied “not all prints are kept on file?” I must of looked at her strange cause she said, “If you have a record then they are” OH! so I said, “ it’s actually a good thing then that I have to keep getting them run?” to that she smiles and says “yes” OK I will never complain about having to be re-fingerprinted again!
hague diagram
 
After all our prints were done we got our I800 provisional approval and our paperwork went to NVC(national visa center) all of that is called Article 5 went to US Consulate in Guangzhou on Dec. 5th the pick up date is Dec. 19th then it is forwarded to Beijing and we begin our wait for official travel approval (TA)!
What is the Article 5???
The consulate needs to review our new child's visa application (the DS-230), make sure it meets the qualifications for an immigrant visa, and then signs off that everything is in order for the adoption to be completed. This is called the Article 5 letter. You cannot obtain custody of your child until the Article 5 letter is issued! Once it's picked up from the consulate, it will be delivered directly to the CCAA for Travel Approval! Basically, once we have the Article 5 letter, then we just wait for China’s official invitation for us to come and gain custody of our daughter. The Travel Approval typically comes  about 10 days to 2 weeks after the Article 5 letter is issued. THEN we travel 2-3 weeks later. So that is where we are at in timeline of bringing our daughter home. We also sent our passports to a courier to the Chicago China Consulate to get our visas issued  in there. Things are moving along…hoping to enjoy some time over the holidays as our oldest son will be home till middle of January! Hopefully it won’t be long till we travel still hoping and praying we miss Chinese New Year and can travel in January – February seems so far away…but resting in the fact that the Lords timing is always best.

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