Our agency called today to tell us they had received Elliana's legal documents and they would be sending them to us right away. This was very exciting news, because it was something we were told could take a month or even longer especially because she was born in an area not even close to Seoul. So imagine my surprise to find out they had arrived today, only a few days after we submitted our acceptance papers! One more step complete!
These papers are similiar to a birth-certificate. They are her family record and absolutley critical for her to be able to leave the country to be adopted. So now that we will have these by the end of the weekend, we can submit our I600 to the USCIS on Monday and get the ball rolling for things to be processed. The I600 takes anywhere from 2-6 weeks to be processed and then we might start getting a glimpse of when we could possibly travel. There are many many other things that will still need to happen both in the U.S. and in Korea after that, but from what I hear- this approval is the hardest in terms of not knowing how long it could take.
We are really hoping to be traveling near the end of June, but only time will tell how long it will actually be...
We'll keep you posted :-)