Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Drum Roll Please...

We are officially logged in to the Chinese system!!  "LID" is a big milestone because it doesn't expires, so we won't have to worry about redoing any paperwork.  It also means that when we get a referral for our little girl, we'll be able to move to the next step right away.

This seems like a good time to review where's we've been--it's hard to believe it's been six months, although that's exactly the timeline we were given for these steps.  :)

Agency Application:  Februrary 14, 2013

Homestudy Application: February 22, 2013
First Homestudy Interview:  April 7, 2013
Completed Homestudy:  May 17, 2013
Application Received at USCIS:  May 21, 2013
USCIS Fingerprinting Appointment:  June 24, 2013
USCIS I800A Approval:  July 17, 2013
Dossier to China (DTC):  August 13, 2013
Log-In Date (LID):  August 27, 2013

From what I understand, our next step is the referral.  As I've said many times before on this blog, given our desire for at least a six-month gap between Luke and our daughter, this may take a while.  Once we get a referral, the Chinese government will send us an official Letter of Acceptance (LOA).  After the LOA comes more US Immigrations (an I-800), and once everything is taken care of on this side, I think the next step is travel authorization (TA) to head to China and get our little girl!

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