Joel talked to our Social Worker yesterday and she has finished our home study and put our I-600a in the mail! From here we will be getting a letter asking us to come in and get fingerprinted (again!) and then we wait for the I-171H to arrive. This process could take up to three months, but will hopefully be shorter. The I-171H is the last piece in the dossier puzzle, once we have it we can send the dossier to Vietnam! We’re creeping ever closer:)
Whew! We had our home study today. It was great to meet our Social Worker face to face. The whole thing wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it was going to be. She asked some questions about us and our plans for the baby, took a tour of the house, and looked over our dossier documents to make sure everything was there. She was very nice and I feel really good about the whole thing. And to top it all off, our house hasn’t been this clean since we moved in!
The next step is to get our last piece of paperwork for our dossier (the packet of papers about us that goes to the Vietnamese government). This is called the I-171H, and it is up to the Oregon State government to get it back to us (ugh). Then our dossier goes on a couple of trips to various government agencies before being sent to Vietnam for translation and finally to the Vietnamese government for final approval. Then we get a number that will make us officially paper pregnant, which means we are waiting to be matched with a baby.
These are the photos of the house that we sent in our dossier, look how clean it is!