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/