Friday, April 11, 2014

April updates of Oliver!

Awwww...

Our cute little button (18 months old)!
The day after we received "soft LOA" we submitted five questions to our agency as per their request. They would forward our questions to China and request an update of photos of Oliver, his general health, and his growth measurements. That was on March 12th. I was told I may have to wait a couple of months to receive updates.

So, when I noticed an email late this afternoon from my agency with a little "paperclip symbol" attached, I KNEW it was an update of our little guy! He has grown so much since the last set of photographs we saw of him back in early January! We haven't seen him smile yet, but we are certain we will make him crack a smile between the three of us :D.

Anyway, in terms of paperwork, we are moving swiftly along. We received our I-800 Approval and the NVC letter (PDF format); I filed for the DS-260 (Oliver's US visa application), and our agency submitted our paperwork to the US Consulate in Guangzhou on April 8 (known as "drop-off").

In about two weeks (say, April 22), our agency will notify us of the next step: "Article 5 pick-up" from Guangzhou to Beijing. What happens after that? We wait for our Travel Approval, or "TA" -- China's official invitation to visit China to adopt our child!!!

As soon as we receive "TA" I will drive to the Chinese Consulate in Houston to apply for our Chinese visas. (The last time we did this in 2012, we were able to apply for our Chinese visas after receiving the I-800 Approval; however, the Houston Consulate now requires that we have a copy of our TA to apply for visas through their Consulate.)

Gotta go! Still looking like we'll be traveling around the third week of May…that's 6 weeks from today :O! So much to do!!!

8 comments:

Lisa said...

He's so cute & I have no doubt you'll all have him smiling soon! I'm coming to Houston May 14-17 for another oncology checkup but fingers crossed you'll be on your way to china! I hope you blog while there is I can follow along.
xoxo

Cynthia In Denver said...

Due to a glitch in paperwork, ours was not picked up today, but rescheduled for pickup on April 22nd!! Perhaps we will be in GZ at the same time.

linxx said...

Thank you, Lisa! Please shoot me an email when you're here, so we can check both our schedules; would love to see you again :D!

linxx said...

I'm sorry your Art-5 was not picked up, Cynthia :( but maybe we'll meet in GZ :).

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Your so close! Hang in there! Before you no it O will be in your arms.

linxx said...

Thank you, Kelleyn!! :)

Cynthia in Denver said...

When did your TA get in? do you have your CA appt?!?!?

linxx said...

We are still waiting for TA, Cynthia; 16 days today! Some other families have been waiting almost four weeks; it's insane! We've been told "any day" so we're just getting ready :D.

Linda