My main goal today was to return our signed LOA package to our agency by Express Mail so they can send it back to CCCWA. The agency also requested that we send them our completed I-800 and I-864W forms so they can send them off to USCIS once we receive our Approval Notice. Thanks to China Adoption Online, I managed to fill out most of the USCIS forms by myself. When I finally received detailed instructions from the agency, I corrected a couple of sections, drove to my husband's work to get one more signature, made copies of everything (double-sided, of course), and mailed out the package. Oh, and we included in the package a set of agency release forms signed and notarized to get a head-start on our next set of checklist documents! Phew!
I was also relieved to receive our receipt Notice from the USCIS to confirm that our I-800A application has been received and is in process. We now have to wait for our biometrics (fingerprinting) appointment but as soon as the Appointment Notice arrives, we're going to try to walk in early (probably at the Sugar Land location). I've heard mixed responses on my Yahoo Groups: some say it doesn't make a difference, and others say it does! We're going to give it a shot because we can't file for our I-800 until we receive the Approval Notice. We'll just take our books or magazines as they don't allow you to enter their building with any electronic devices!
Anyway, I haven't found any comments on whether or not it's "slightly faster" when refiling the I-800A the second time around since we've filed once before and have account numbers with USCIS. I just hope it's not going to be a huge delay. :(