December 14, 2012

USCIS update

Yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind, for many reasons. But mainly because when I finally got home and checked the mail at 3:30, I found the document we've been waiting for.

I was in such a rush that I didn't even take a picture of it. Approval of the I800-A update was the last piece of paper we needed before I could send the DS-230. I grabbed my paperwork pile and headed to UPS!

Since yesterday was Thursday, that meant I'd have to get the paperwork to our China team in Michigan early enough TODAY that they could go through it, and then send it on to China. If it didn't get there today, the next possible day would be Monday, and considering next week is the week before Christmas, I wanted to avoid that if possible.

I sent the whole packet Next Day Air to Michigan so it would be there by 10:30 today. I could have flown it there myself for what I had to pay for that!

Well not quite, but $50 seems like a LOT to mail 10 pieces of paper.

I've forgiven USCIS for their mistake (more HERE if you care to know) because the I800-A approval came pretty fast, so I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and (probably naively) assume that they actually TRIED to hurry it through for us.

Because it came so quickly, I think there's still a *chance* we could travel in January. If not then, February for sure (assuming everything else goes smoothly)!

If it helps, we're on step 11 of this chart now.
Step 12 takes 1-2 weeks.
Step 13 takes 1-2 weeks.
Step 14 happens while you wait for step 15.
And step 13 to 15 is about 2-3 weeks.

So if everything happens on the quick side, we could travel in January. Because of Christmas though, I'm thinking February is probably more likely.

Jon took this picture in our living room....

We'd really like to see those two pictures in ONE frame.
So we're still praying for January! 


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