Tuesday, December 13, 2011

FINALLY received I-800A Approval!


I can't stop smiling! Early this morning, I sent another email to the NBC asking nicely if they could please check on the status of our I-800A. I kept myself busy and avoided my inbox for at least an hour. You see, when I called last Wednesday, I got my second "no officer or approval yet" response, which brought me to tears after the call because I was so sure we were approved after hearing several approval announcements on RQ. My excitement got the better of me, I guess, but I never contacted them again until this morning. When I finally plucked up the courage to open my email at 9:30 am, I quickly spotted the NBC message and read the snippet: "The I-800A was approved on 12/7..." (this was the day I called so they must have approved me later that day!) -- and the official notice should arrive any day! Eeek!

I had a very strong feeling it would come today if it was sent out on either Wednesday or Thursday. Our mail lady arrived around noon at the neighborhood mailbox, conveniently placed right outside of our house. As soon as she left, I darted outside for our mail. Super eeek!!!!! It was finally here...double-folded with three pages of instructions in a #10 envelope! (Last year it came flat in a catalog envelope.)

For all you date trackers, it has been an agonizing 76 days (almost 11 weeks) from the USCIS' receipt date to the I-800A Approval in my hand but it took 71 days for the actual approval. I can't wait for Mike to finally "turn me to pink" on RQ!

Anyway, bottom line: we have been approved to adopt one child from China! Our next step is to receive ANOTHER approval -- the I-800 Approval (without the "A" after I-800) -- from the USCIS, but this time we are asking for permission to adopt "a specific child from China" -- our little Henry. Our agency had not yet received their copy of our I-800A Approval so I've emailed them a copy and they will add it to the I-800 application package to be FedEx'd to the USCIS. We should receive a Receipt Notice within a week or so, and then about three weeks for the I-800 Approval. Of course, we have the holidays approaching, so I'm expecting a wee delay. It's totally fine though because I know it gets "easier" from here.

Another step to our little guy! \o/

9 comments:

Tony and Sue said...

Yeaaaahhh!

Wouldn't it be cool if (due to the delays caused by the CNY) we ended up traveling together????

So happy for you!

Sue

linxx said...

Thanks, Sue!!! :) Yes, it would be very cool to travel together but I hope you won't be delayed too much though! Don't you only have a couple of more steps to go? So excited for you guys!!

Linda

Tony and Sue said...

We are waiting for Article 5 to be dropped off and then TA. That's it! Tony wonders if/hopes we'll get TA before Christmas but then it's 3-5 weeks later that you travel. That puts us in the middle of January, which they are not sending anyone at that time. February would be the next time.
Sue

hcobb said...

Yippee! Yippee! Yippee! Like your email inbox, I've been avoiding looking at your website so that when I finally did look you'd have big news. And look, your post is the day I look. Love it. Hehe. Congratulations!!!

linxx said...

Thanks, Heather!!! Maybe you bring good luck? Keep coming back! Hee-hee :).

Sue, I'm so excited for you!! Sorry you'll hit Chinese New Year but you never know -- you may just miss it! Well, I've been watching some posts and charts on RQ like a hawk and it's really looking like we'll be traveling in March. :( We would need a miracle or two to travel in February. :/ I'll be looking out for your progress!

Linda

d e e said...

Yay!!! Congratulations!!!

Team Robichaux said...

Yippee!! Our officer called us yesterday and told us we were approved (see my blog for full details... I made yet another mistake LOL). We are waiting for it to arrive in the mail. What is the deal with the chart on Rumor Queen and how do you get on it? I am clueless.

Congratulations once again!!! SO exciting!!
Blessings,

Tasha

linxx said...

@ Dee: thanks Diana!!! :D

@ Tasha: yay and congrats!!! I'll pop over to your blog in a minute, but you won't need to get on the I-800A chart now that you've been approved! You now need to get on the "Steps to TA! 12/11/2011" chart http://chinaadopttalk.com/forum/index.php?topic=77592.0 - just PM the chart owner Molpugh or you can just post a message with your info on the thread itself. Can't wait to see you there! Here we go!!!

Linda

Team Robichaux said...

Thanks Linda!!

Tasha