I've been asked a few times now where we are in this process. Sometimes I don't even know myself! There are so many steps involved and paperwork gets sent here, then there, then somewhere else, then who knows!
We have our fingerprinting appointment for immigration set for the 25th of this month. I don't know why but they did not agree to expedite it. We're trusting that God is going to watch over this process and help us get everything to China in time.
That's called the I800a.
We collected all our paperwork for our dossier and sent it to our agency. It has to be notarized and sent to the consulate in Washington D.C. and then back to our agency and then to China before the 15th of November. They have to wait for our fingerprinting to come back from immigration to mail any of that.
That's called the dossier.
After that all gets to China then we wait for our Log in Date.
Known as LID
Then we wait for the official referral. Then we are sent a letter of confirmation and usually you are matched and then send in a Letter of Intent, and are given back your Pre-approval status.
We have already done the Letter of Intent and Pre-approval.
Those are known as the LOI and PA
So after our dossier is sent in to China then we will be waiting for our referral and Letter of Acceptance. (this can take months)
Then we file for I800 immigration and visa. (about 3 weeks)
Then we wait for Article 5 from China (2-3 weeks)
Then we wait for travel time!!! (2-4 weeks)
On the really short end of things (which we are praying for) it could be as little as three or four months after our LID. It could also be much, much longer before we are allowed to bring him home. I've been told to throw out the timeline and I consider that good, sound advice so that I won't be upset when it doesn't go as I had planned in my mind. We've done our part at this point and just have to wait and pray for each step as it is given to us. I'm learning a whole lot about patience on this journey...a whole lot.