Monday, July 22, 2013

Visa Appointment

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Whitaker,
We are pleased to inform you that the I-604 process is complete, and James and Jovanika Whitaker may now be scheduled for the final visa interview with the Department of State.  The visa interview is scheduled for August 1st, 2013 at 8:00 am at the Consular Section. 


Monday, July 15, 2013

I-600 approval

Finally!  After a day of shopping, I was leaving the mall and noticed I had missed texts and emails.  Not sure how I missed the "ding" of new emails... I have pretty much become a professional email checker during this process.  Always waiting for the next bit of news to roll in.  So, as I flipped through my emails on my phone, I noticed USCIS, Haiti scroll across. ::::YES::::  We have been waiting on this email!!!  I knew it would either say our I-600 is approved or there would be a request for more evidence.  Obviously, we would prefer an approval!!!

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Whitaker,
USCIS in Port au Prince, Haiti is pleased to inform you that the I-600 petition, which you filed at this office on June 26, 2012 on behalf of James Jean Baptiste and Jovanika Jean Baptiste, seeking to qualify them as your immediate relatives have been approved.

We are SO, SO excited!   In the next few days we should receive another email that has the date for our visa appointment on it.  The kids will go to their visa appointment on that day.  A couple of days later, their visas will be picked up.  Then they will come HOME!!  After we know the date of their visa appointment, we will be able to start planning when we will go get them.  It seems surreal that after 25 months in this process, we are actually seeing an end in sight!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Under Review

Today we received the following email from USCIS:

Dear Mrs. Whitaker,
We confirm receipt of your adoption dossier on June 18, 2013.  Your case is currently under review.  If we have any questions regarding your document submission or require additional information, we will contact you directly.  Otherwise, we will inform you once a decision has been made and adjudication of the pending I-600 petitions is completed.   
Please note that due to high volume of adoption cases pending in this office, the current processing time for pending I-600 petitions, in which we have received complete dossiers, is approximately three (3) weeks. 
Adoption Team
Department of Homeland Security
US Citizenship & Immigration Services
Embassy of the United States of America
Tabarre 41
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Tel: (509) 2229-8000
Fax: (509) 2229-8082
Although a final I-600 approval would have been more exciting, it is very reassuring to know that everything is complete and someone is actually looking at our file!! Praying we receive an email with our final approval very soon! 

Monday, July 1, 2013

... still waiting ...

We are still waiting to get an email from USCIS with our final I-600 approval. We were told we should have an email within 2 weeks of our dossier being submitted to the embassy. Two weeks has come and gone. Today I emailed USCIS to check on the status. Got the usual automated reply letting me know that I can expect a response in 7 business days. BUT.... that since they are very busy, it may take longer than that. Sheesh!!! I wish I could get away with that at my job.... "I might do this by when I said I would. But if I am really busy, than I won't." HA! Pray we get some news soon!!!