We have accomplished another step in our second process to adopt from Viet Nam. Our I600 Petition has been submitted to our local USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.) Our petition will be help until our final home study report joins it, which should be soon. Our home study agency had forwarded our home study to our placement agency for approval and was in the process of fixing some minor errors and re-sending it the last time we spoke, which was just before Christmas. In the state where we live, USCIS will not process the I600 form without the final home study report, so once the report arrives, our case will begin its journey.
The I600 Petition is titled “Petition to Classify an Orphan as an Immediate Relative.” It is the first step in the USCIS process for an international adoption from Viet Nam. Once the local USCIS office receives the I600 (and home study report, if required,) they will then schedule fingerprinting appointments for all adults over the age of 18 living in the home. After receiving the fingerprint reports that say that you’re a well behaved citizen, you will receive the I171h, or the golden ticket of approvals that will allow you to adopt.
When they send you the fingerprinting appointment, you’re given a date, time and location. We didn’t try to change ours with Ella’s adoption and am sure we’ll do everything in our power to attend the appointment that is given to us. I wouldn’t want to risk pushing the process back even further. If you do need to reschedule the appointment that you are given, I would recommend speaking with your adoption agency first. Perhaps they have a contact at your local USCIS office that can help, or they can act as the middleman for you.
So, now we’re just waiting on that final home study report to be mailed in and our second USCIS journey will officially begin. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as we accomplish more steps along the way.