We received a very important yet nondescript looking piece of paper in the mail this week. It was from immigration services letting us know that we can now bring a adopted child from Taiwan (not Ethiopia) home to the U.S.! It took our new Taiwan home study, several supporting documents, $410, a phone conversation with an immigration officer, 2 months of waiting, and we are good to go...until October 15.
Will we make the deadline??? This has been a HUGE concern.
The desire to avoid paying for a "possibly needed" home study update and almost $1000 for new fingerprints/filing a new I-600A application is something that seemed eminent. What if we don't get Selah and arrive back home to the U.S. before October 15??! That would be big trouble. Recommended refiling: 90 days before expiration.
Here's the GOOD NEWS: According to the immigration officer I spoke to on the phone, even though we used up our "1 time free change of country from Taiwan to Ethiopia" and we paid for a 2nd change of country, we still haven't used our "1 time free I-600A extension". Woohoo!!! We thought using our "1 free change of country" voided any other "freebies" from the government. Apparently not! So praise Jesus, we can mail in a little form with no money, get a fingerprint appointment in Atlanta and get an additional 18 months to travel to Taiwan to pick up Selah!!!
Woohoo another 18 months!!
huh? wait. umm, not really excited about the 18 months part.
let's get this show on the road before October!!! :)