Happy Birthday to Damon!

No better way to start the day than to check Saturday’s mail and find our US Immigration approval waiting for us two weeks ahead of schedule!

We think Damon can make the rounds of notary, clerk of court, secretary of state and Chinese consulate in two to three days. Which means that our paper chase will be over this week and our dossier overnighted to our agency.

Once it reaches the agency here’s what happens:

— It goes into critical review. That’s where they spend a few days to a week combing over every document to make sure they’re all perfect. We’ll really be able to to relax once we pass this phase.
— Translation. It will take about a week for our agency to translate all our documents (there are a lot of them) into Chinese.
— Dossier to China. Our agency will ship the documents to the central adoption authority in Ghuangzhou, China.
— Log In Date. Usually a few weeks after the dossier arrives in China it will be fully reviewed and put in line. The date that it goes into line will be our log in date. That is what will determine when we get the kid. Often China doesn’t send the log in date until a month or more after they get the dossier. So we’ll actually be in line for a few weeks without knowing it.

After that we’ll sit and wait with no news for a year or so, at which point most of our paperwork will have expired and we’ll get to do it all over again.

There’s no way of knowing if or when China will speed up or slow down but current wait times are estimated to be about two years. All we can do is be patient and grateful we got in before the rules changed.

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16 responses to this post.

  1. Yay! Things are moving forward!
    Give Damon a birthday hug from us!

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  2. Yay! Things are moving forward!
    Give Damon a birthday hug from us!

    Reply

  3. Yay! Things are moving forward!
    Give Damon a birthday hug from us!

    Reply

  4. Yay! Things are moving forward!
    Give Damon a birthday hug from us!

    Reply

  5. Wonderful!
    And happy birthday to Damon!

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  6. Wonderful!
    And happy birthday to Damon!

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  7. Wonderful!
    And happy birthday to Damon!

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  8. Wonderful!
    And happy birthday to Damon!

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  9. What a great birthday present! You’re on the way now.

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  10. What a great birthday present! You’re on the way now.

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  11. What a great birthday present! You’re on the way now.

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  12. What a great birthday present! You’re on the way now.

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  13. Fantastic! It’ll be good to have that all done.

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  14. Fantastic! It’ll be good to have that all done.

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  15. Fantastic! It’ll be good to have that all done.

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  16. Fantastic! It’ll be good to have that all done.

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