We FINALLY received our employment letters from the board office. So, we now have all of our paperwork ready except for our I-171. I checked the USCIS website, and on May 15th they completed the applications that were sent in February. It looks like we will not get our I-171 until July, possibly while we are in Alaska on vacation. Once we get that, we have to see our doctor for another check-up and blood work, and we will be good to send our paperwork to Ukraine. In the mean time, we can't wait for summer vacation!!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
One more item to check off on our dossier checklist. Our clearance came yesterday from
the Michigan State Police. In the meantime, I am still waiting to get our employment letters from our HR department. What is so strange is that I sent out our fingerprints to the State Police and a request for our employment letters on the same day!
Posted by Monika at 11:31 PM
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
We received word that Ukraine is on Holiday right now. It is their labor day, and something else...I don't remember what. Also, because of the political climate in Ukraine right now, adoptions are taking a little longer than they were this time last year. So, we may be waiting longer than anticipated. I noticed that on our agencies website, they state that travel time is now 6-10 months after submitting paperwork with the Ukrainian government. When we started, it was 1-6 months! It looks like our hopes of traveling this summer may not happen after all.
On Friday, we took a business day and went down to the USCIS office in Detroit and had our fingerprints taken. Everything went well, but the day was not without it's problems. About half way downtown, I noticed I did not have our paperwork we needed. So, we had to turn around and go back home to get them. I was almost about to breakdown crying. I wanted to make sure we could still go, so as Billy drove, I called a 1-800 number that was provided, however that went nowhere. We decided to take our chances and continue driving. Well, turns out that they did not even look at the time of our appt. when we checked-in an hour after our appt. time. That is when we finally found the building. USICS has a service center downtown in a strip mall, and the sign says SERVICE CENTER....and that's it! I don't know how many times we drove up and down Jefferson before we found it.
Posted by Monika at 8:59 PM