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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fingerprints done!

These aren't just any old prints, these are Biometric prints, (pictured above) which measure and count all the loops and whirls that you have on your fingertips. These are done electronically and scanned in the US FBI central registry. The people in the Immigration office were really nice,  got is in right away, and asked us lots of questions about our upcoming adoption while they were doing our prints. We were in an out of there in 20 minutes.

Getting our fingerprints done for USCIS (Immigration) is a major step. Really, it is the last thing that WE can do on our end that is directly related to getting Axel home.  Everything else lies in the hands of the officials in Axel's country.

It takes 24-48 hours for the Immigration department to receive our prints, which will be added to our file along with our homestudy which they already have. Then the worker who has been assigned to our case will make sure everything is in order, and as long as it is, will issue Immigration approval. A copy of that approval is then sent to the US Embassy in Axel's country, which allows them to issue him a visa to enter the US when we're ready to come home. Axel's visa, along with his other paperwork, allows him to become a US Citizen the moment his feet touch U.S soil.

We have about 1-2 more weeks of waiting before we will know our exact travel date. We should be getting good at waiting by now, don't you think.

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