Monday, June 16, 2014

I-600 preapproval

"After review of the Form I-600 petition... USCIS is pleased to inform you that we have preliminarily determined that the beneficiary child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States as an orphan."

This is the good news we were hoping for last week! Our case manager called this morning to let us know that she had approved our application on June 11 and that we should receive the hard copy in the mail any day. We received it today! I scanned and emailed it to my agency. Now we're waiting for this piece of paper's twin, a similar preapproval letter from AIT (American Institute in Taiwan). Once we receive that letter, we add it to the stack of paperwork already in Taiwan.

Hopefully, the agency in Taiwan has finished translating our dossier. If so, that means we are ready to be submitted to court! Well, as soon as the letter from AIT arrives. We're working through the last few (long) steps. After court submission, we get to SKYPE with our girl! I can't wait.

I was excited to receive the letter today but was also sobered by the wording. "the beneficiary child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States as an orphan." Yes, I'm glad that we are adopting her. However, I grieve at the losses she's already lived through. She's an orphan. No mom or dad. I can't replace her biological mother, as much as I want to love her and provide a family for her. So it's a happy and sad day all at once, seeing USCIS' determination written in black and white.

4 comments:

Mary M. Cline said...

One step closer to bringing your daughter home, congrats. I know she will be very much loved and cared for once she is home.

RETA said...

Progress! Yay!

RETA@ http://evenhaazer.blogspot.com

Cassandra said...

Thank you, ladies! We love her already. :)

Erin said...

Yay!! Congratulations on another step :)