We received our approved i800A from USCIS the other day with an approval date of 12/6. Not that we (ok, I was) counting, but receipt date to approval date took 71 days for this all important approval from our government. With that, we are now able to submit the balance of our dossier documents to Great Wall so they can obtain the needed Authentifications and Certifications and finally get our Dossier to China (DTC). It could take up to six weeks to get all that done before the finalized dossier makes it way to Beijing. Hoping it doesn't, but the Christmas and New Year's holiday may delays things a bit.
We are hoping for a quick log-in (LID) with the CCCWA and even faster Letter(s) Seeking Confirmation (LSC) for the kids. I still hold out hope for summer travel.
The Fed-ex will ship today with our USCIS approval notice (a copy, the original goes with us to China), Home Study with the necessary attachments and original reference letters (thanks to everyone for all the nice thing they said about us), 10 family photos, passport photos, copies of our passports, dossier cover sheets, Client Contact Info Sheet, Post Adoption Verification, Notary letter verifying copies are true originals and last but not least the final agency contract fee and China Registration and Wiring fees.
It will be nice to have a clear adoption plate (no paperchasing, deadlines to beat, forms to fill out, etc.) over the holidays so we can just hang with the kids and play with all their new toys, gizmos and gadgets.
From our home to yours - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!