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!