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The Government Strikes Again.

October 30, 2009

It has been a bit since I have posted on the status of our adoption.  I don’t really know why, mostly because I could not deal with one more thing being on our plate.  Now that things seem to be streamlining (which I have stated in the past, so we will see how long that is true) I can finally face all the updates, submissions, apostilling, and just good times in general that the paper chase can bring.   So I will start from where I left off….my update from the day I found out…the day I had Ainsley.

We found out at the beginning of August that we had to submit more information regarding our HS and a few issues on the psych eval.   Needless to say I was a little frustrated by the issues that we had to address in our amended HS.  I had previously addressed them with our former social worker, but she did not see them relevant to be in the final draft.  Luckily, she is no longer with our HS agency and our new SW seems GREAT!  Where was she a year ago?  Need I say more.  Anyhoo, we addressed the issues in both documents and finally resubmitted them recently.  It is greatly embarrassing to me it has taken so long to get these together, but when you move and have a baby at the same time it is what it is.

We are also at the point in our adoption where we get the lovely opportunity to have contact with USCIS.  Which consequently, they seem to be more on top of things this go around, or I am so busy that I don’t notice the time lapse.  BUT, the “help” line they tell you to call with questions, is not so helpful.  To make a long story short if you move, you must send an updated HS before you can get refingerprinted.  Now some of you experienced USCIS goes are laughing right now, thinking…um…duh.  But the idiots on the other end of the phone who are going to “help” you know less than I do.  The following were suggestions made to me by the “helper” in order to resolve my issue of an address change:

1.  Make an appointment at the USCIS office to let them know about our address change.  When I told them I lived 6 hours away, that was still their suggestion.

2.  Submit a letter with my request form.  Okay….I did that.

3.  They don’t deal with “local” filings, only national ones.  Gee thanks.  Pretty much code for good luck with that.

So in the end, I sent a letter, in which they sent a notice back to me that I have to file an amended HS with them before I can get our new fingerprints.  Which makes sense, but why can’t anyone just tell me that.  And this is only to get our fingerprints.  Whatever.

So we are in process to do that right now.  Our actual I600A has to be refiled by February, which I have no idea what that entails, but I am sure I will have the pleasure of finding out.  Luckily I have regained a wee bit of consciousness….. just enough to fight the good fight. 😉

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Melissa permalink
    October 31, 2009 8:32 am

    Which is worse–nine months of paperwork or nine months of pregnancy?

  2. live2roam permalink*
    October 31, 2009 8:41 am

    Paperwork…it lasts more than 9 months.

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