Our country in E Europe starts accepting dossiers again on Feb 10th after a holiday break. I was looking through my paperwork today, and we have 3 documents left to gather that have been promised to us by the beginning of next week. Our homestudy update is complete....so as soon as the HS and the 3 documents are in our hands we send everything to albany to get it apostilled. That only takes a few days if we use express mail.
The uncertain part is this.... once we have a copy of the homestudy to USCIS (US immigration) how long will it take for them to give us our fingerprint appointment and the "golden ticket"? The I 171. This will be the very last piece of our paperchase. Once we have this in our hands we can send our whole dossier by fed-ex to Shea's country.
We have been told that once the dossier lands in country, we can expect 8-10 wks *or less*, until we are reach our first trip travel date.
So I feel like we have 3 phases left here...
Phase 1- getting the last ends tied up in order to get our homestudy into the hands of USCIS who have all of our other documents and payment already.
Phase 2- getting fingerprinted, and approved by USCIS
Phase 3 - waiting for our travel date and making the last travel details. We've been told this is all likely to happen by spring..... phew good thing!