Thursday, January 17, 2013

Visa & Passport

Cava's passport was issued and someone is bringing it by train from Odessa to Kiev.  Danelle has to have this to proceed tomorrow with their appointment at the American Embassy.  Once at their appointment, Cava will have to have a physical and he will have to meet all of the vaccination requirements.  Danelle will take the medical records that she has been given by the boarding school, which will contain Cava's immunization record. They also have to go through an interview process.  After all of this has been done, then they can be issued Cava's visa.    

Here is a list of requirements by the United States procedures for orphans:

I. The Petition.

Adoptive and prospective adoptive parents must obtain approval of a Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative (Form I-600) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) before they can apply for an immigrant visa on behalf of an orphan. The adjudication of such petitions can be very time-consuming and parents are encouraged to begin the process well in advance.

A prospective adoptive parent may file Form I-600A Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) office having jurisdiction over their place of residence. This form allows the most time-consuming part of the process to be completed in advance, even before the parent has located a child to adopt. In addition, a parent who has an approved I-600A may file an I-600 in person at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland .

Detailed information about filing these forms can be found on INS's web site at Americans who have adopted or hope to adopt a child from the Ukraine should request, at the time they file these forms, that INS notify the US Embassy in both Kiev, Ukraine, and Warsaw, Poland as soon as the form is approved. Upon receipt of such notification, the Embassy will contact the parents and provide additional instructions on the immigration process. U.S. consular officers may not begin processing an orphan adoption case until they have received formal notification of approval from an INS office in the US.

II. The Orphan Investigation

One part of the petition process that INS cannot complete in advance is the "orphan investigation". An orphan investigation Form I-604 Report on Overseas Orphan Investigation) is required in all orphan adoption cases - even if an I-600 has already been approved - and serves to verify that the child is an orphan as defined by US immigration law. This investigation is performed by a consular officer at the time of the child's immigrant visa interview.

(All of this information can be found on the website

Pray that Danelle gets Cava's passports in time and that everything goes smoothly at the American Embassy so they can get his Visa.  If all goes well, then they hope to fly out of Kiev on Saturday (the flight is already being booked).  Then they will fly out of Kiev to Munich and then a direct flight to Charlotte.

We are so ready for them to be here so we can welcome our son home!

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