(edited to add: Well this was supposed to be on my adoption blog. Oops. I'm gonna leave it here anyway, for those who wonder just what is involved in the international adoption process. It's definitely a labor of love!) It seems it doesn't take much to make my knees shake these days. Todays episode was brought to me courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security in the form of our fingerprint appointment letter.
Our appointment isn't scheduled until November 17th, but this is international adoption we're talking about, and it comes with it's own set of rules.
You see, this appointment was scheduled by the Immigration Dept. adoptions division in Missouri, and they don't really know the calendar for the St. Paul office. So we'll take our tickets to the office ourselves and ask for a different appointment. Sometimes they will get you in later that same day, or perhaps the next, but there is no need to wait until the date set by the main office, which is weeks away.
Once the biometric fingerprints are done, they are sent back to the Immigration Dept's main office, who will have them within 24-48 hours. Then we wait for their approval. That is our golden ticket! A copy of that golden ticket is sent to the US Embassy in Axel's country, telling them we have permission to bring him back to the US, and allows them to issue his passport!