Our I-171H!!!

Our I-171H came today!!! WAHOO!!! So I've been stalking our mail everyday waiting for the I-171H, even though I don't really know what it is. But what I'm gathering is that it's a big deal! And it arrived today! (At least I think that's what this is. haha). It says I-171H in the bottom corner with a letter that states "USCIS would like to congratulate you on your I-600A application for advance processing of orphan petition approval and completing the first step in the adoption immigration process" (etc., etc.,). It also said our application has been forwarded to the American Consulate at Addis Ababa Ethiopia (1-2 children) Via the National Visa Center. So anyway, I'm going to post this and email our agency to see what I need to do with this form. If any of you know what it is and what it means, etc. I'd love to hear from you! :)


The Isaak Family said...

yay! When ours came, I honestly didn't realize what it was. It was put in a stack of "important adoption papers". When our homestudy agency asked if it had arrived yet, I was like, "Ummmm, I don't know". So I rifled thru our stack and found it, then realized how very important it was, and immediately faxed a copy to our homestudy agency. It's basically pre-approval for immigration for your baby. Be glad it's there. When my parents adopted my brother from Korea in 1986, this pre-processing for immigration didn't exist, and they had to battle serious red tape after he came home to us. I don't know exactly all the power it holds, but it's definitely important for getting through immigration. So while I can't completely answer what it is, keep it safe. :-)

Anonymous said...

just hearing you say words like 71 H, dossier, I 600A, and homestudy, give me heart palpitations! what a LONG process! I remember it all too well.