One more step completed!

This morning my husband and I took the 45 minute drive to the Immigration office in Newark, NJ to have our fingerprinting done. Our appointment was at 8 a.m. On the invitation letter from Immigration, they tell you that you should expect 3-4 hours worth of delays. We arrived and parked the car by 7:30 and by some miracle we were finished with the entire process by 8:30! My husband, who became a US citizen in 1998, was shocked to find that we had gotten through so quickly. He had been to this office many times while working toward his US citizenship and has always had a long and crowded wait.

Anyway, now we just have to wait for the approval form, which takes an estimated three weeks. After that our agency with authenticate our documents (another 4 weeks) and then our dossier will be off to China!

Oh, and thank you Mom and Dad for getting up really early, driving over to our house and getting Leah ready for preschool. We really appreciate your help.


15 Responses to “One more step completed!”

  1. 1 savymanda March 1, 2006 at 4:56 pm

    Congratulations!!! Celebrate each step towards your daughter!!

    I remember this was a pretty big day for us, it was definately the most excited I have ever been about being fingerprinted! We had the same freaky fast experience….we were all geared up for a long wait and we were in and out in like 30 minutes.

  2. 2 rubyiscoming March 1, 2006 at 6:11 pm

    Hurrah – I remember that step well! I promise, everything will start speeding along from this point forward – you’ll be DTC in no time flat! 🙂


  3. 3 Katie J March 1, 2006 at 6:55 pm

    Congrats! Yeah! Woohoo!!!

  4. 4 Kim M. March 1, 2006 at 7:04 pm

    Isn’t it nice to check one more thing off!!!! Congrats.

  5. 5 Juliet March 1, 2006 at 7:22 pm

    One less thing to worry yourself with. You must be relieved.

  6. 6 Nicole March 1, 2006 at 8:21 pm

    Congratulations! I hope the rest of the process goes as quickly as your fingerprinting!

    PS And my contract post has everything to do with me being sick and Bill refusing to stay home today!

  7. 7 Jodie March 1, 2006 at 10:33 pm

    Congratulations!! Quick and easy, that’s the way it was for us too.

    You’ll be DTC in no time! 😉

  8. 8 Karen and Jon March 2, 2006 at 12:57 am

    That is great news. Doesn’t it feel good to complete each big milestone. You are almost there!!

  9. 9 Old Lush March 2, 2006 at 1:26 am

    Three to four hour of delays! Wow..that would not have been good. Thank goodness that didn’t happen.’re on your way!!

  10. 10 Andie D. March 2, 2006 at 4:30 am

    Good news!

    Can’t wait to hear about the next steps. In the meantime, make sure to enjoy what you have (of course you will!).

  11. 11 Kristin March 2, 2006 at 11:50 am

    i remember this day… ours was pretty painless as well and it was such a huge relief to check it off the list!!

  12. 12 Tammy March 2, 2006 at 1:11 pm

    Your on the final stretch!!!!

    Lucky you for not spending all day at the immigration office.

    I look forward to your “DTC” post – it won’t be long.


  13. 13 Anonymous March 2, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    Maybe this quick visit is a foreshadow of things to come!

  14. 14 Glo March 4, 2006 at 11:42 pm

    You and Elia definitely have something in common this week! LOL
    Congratulations on another step along the way.


    I am a grammy to a baby girl my daughter and son-in-law are adopting from Mexico. They are not part of a big group of people so finding people to share the journey with has been kind of a challenge. I want to share our journey with people who have a clue what it is like to want a child, find a child and wait for all the paper trail stuff etc to finally bring that child home.

    This past week we finally got the adoption decree and a birth certificate. I have posted a picture of that moment when she put her little fingerprint on the paper. I hope you will come and visit, and meet my newest little grandbaby. She is “almost home”.

  15. 15 asiangarden March 14, 2006 at 12:45 am

    Hello, I am also married to an Asian man, just wanted to say hello and your little girl is so pretty!!

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