Wednesday, March 7, 2018

News on Kris' fingerprints

You may remember that we started asking prayer for fingerprint renewal for F's visa back last spring in May because they were set to expire on June 29th.

We heard that Cory's fingerprints were refreshed a few months later. But they could not find mine due to my name being hyphenated.

So every month or so we've emailed our social worker...and then she would send off an email to the Embassy adoption folks asking about my prints.

Well today we received an email from the adoption unit that the reivew of F's adoption chart is done but as my fingerprints are outdated I am required to travel to the Embassy on Friday morning to be fingerprinted.

The email said ' as you know, we previously tried to refresh your fingerprints and the process failed'...well we did not know but now we do.

So we plan to head down the mountain starting around 4 a.m. on Friday morning so that I can be in the line early close to 7am. Then we will do a bit of house build shopping or if it would happen to work out, to go to an office to get an appointment for our held-up residental visa renewal for Haiti.

Thank you for the prayers. There have been some protests recently in Port so we hope that by going early we can avoid problems and major traffic issues.

They also asked for a copy of F's passport for the file.

This is being enquired about by the staff.

Thanks for the prayers. Every step we get a bit closer.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Passport Picked Up !

Thankful to receive news today that the staff have Fritzlin's passport in hand.

Next step will be travel to Port-au-Prince for Fritz's medical exam.

Because of the TB skin test that will need to be read two days after placement it will likely mean two nights in Port and a day of shopping in between.

We are now at the half-way point for the estimated time for the review of his visa application.

No request for further evidence yet so that is good word at all so we continue to wait and pray.

Our 'paper pregnancy' now stands at 4 years 11 months 1 week and 2 days...since the day our first paperwork was in the mail.

So really a bit longer than that as we had to fill in all the forms before mailing them.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Passport done but not picked up.

After asking a couple times this week about any passport news, as we've been waiting for seven weeks,  we heard today that Fritz's passport is done.

The lawyer who went again to ask about it and received the news could not pick it up as she did not have the original receipt.

So the one staff member who can pick it up, Ivinge, with the receipt in hand will go to try.

Once he has the passport in his possession, he will tell our social worker who will relay the information to us.

Will be very exciting to see that cute face in a passport-representing one more step toward being able to travel together as a family.

The agency tells us that sometimes when Ivinge goes to pick up passports he's turned away, being told that the requested passport is not ready.

So praying that we hear soon that the passport has been turned over to the agency.

So far no word from USCIS office about our visa. We are 1/3 done with the 'estimated 6 week processing time'.

Praying that the review is going well. So far no request for additional evidence or information.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Document Review

We entered passports just after Christmas and were told that they were taking about two weeks...figured that the holidays would extend that a bit.

Here we are on the last day of January, over a month in passports and still no word.

Our agency informed us today that they have 'enlisted the assistance' of a team at the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince to try to 'push things along'.

They know of no issues on our end that are holding up Fritzlin's passport and we know of others waiting more than 2-3 weeks as well.

[Facebook chatter about passport books being out...if so praying that more arrive soon.]

So we wait....

We also received word today from the USCIS office in Port that they are currently reviewing our adoption documentation.

They will contact us if they have any questions or require any additional information.

The approximate time line for processing I-600 visas is 6 weeks.
"Maybe longer if the adoption was finalized outside of Port-au-Prince".

My head reminds me that 'approximate' can mean much this point you think I would be good at waiting but honestly 'six weeks' sounds like a long time.

So we pray and wait.

Our 'adoption paperwork pregnancy' timeline  stands at 4 years, 10 months, 2 weeks, and 3 days...and counting.

This count starting on the day the first paperwork was mailed, not the start of our adoption journey.


  • Passport
  • No delay or issues with I-600 visa [fast would be GREAT!]
  • Timely medical appointment in Port
  • Visa appointment: same trip as medical
  • Keeping a good attitude as we wait to be able to make travel plans. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Happy New Year from Passports

Happy 2018!!

On January 4th, we received an email informing us that after Christmas Fritzlin's passport application was turned in and a number received.

Around that same time I read about a family who was told that their child's Haitian passport was delayed because of a lack of ink.

We've heard a few times since starting the adoption process about delays due to lack of ink or lack of the passport booklets. Thankfully we heard since then that the passport ink was located.

So we continue to wait. We belive that the next steps [providing that we do not get delayed due to Kris' fingerprints or name misspellings] after Fritz's passport, will be his traveling to Port for a medical exam and a final visa exam.

Then an exit letter will be provided and we can travel internationally.

It will be great to know we can travel as a family! We plan to travel to the USA after Fritz has his visa and he will become an American citizen when we pass through imigration in the airport.

At this point, assuming we can travel in the next few months we don't plan to go all the way to Michigan. Because Anna is now planning to attend college in the fall we would preferr to visit in the summer so we can help transition her to the USA.

Thank you for your prayers. We enter 2018 with high hopes to finally reach the end of the adoption paperwork that we started in 2012/2013.

We pray that all the steps will continue to progress in a timely fashion.

We hope to be able to introduce Fritzlin personally to many of you when we travel to the USA, likely combining Anna's high school graduation celebration with one to celebrate and introduce Fritz.

Keep watching for updates.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas.

E-mail from yesterday let us know that Fritzlin's passport paperwork should have been submitted today.

So we assume that the needed correction happened and that the adoption paperwork exited MOI for the second time and was accepted by Immigration.

As those of you who have followed our adoption journey know one cannot depend on other people's time lines....but recently passports have been taking around 2-5 weeks.

With the next couple of weeks being holidays we do not expect to hear anything about the passport until mid to late January at the earliest.

In the past know that significant delays occured in passports because they ran out of offical passport books and the paper has to be ordered and come from Europe.

No word on Kris' fingerprints or spelling corrections of her or Fritz's name.

Eli and Kris' folks flew to Haiti on Tuesday so we are enjoying family time for the holidays.

We are looking forward to traveling with Fritz in 2018! Happy New Year!
Thank you for the prayers.

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Update today.

Technically we are out of MOI, 'sort of'.

Apparently our dossier was returned to Immigration but Immigration sent it back for a correction.

Thankfully only one specific area needs to be redone not the whole thing.

The agency continues to check every other day to see if this has been done.

After the correction is done the next step will be the passport application.

No word on refreshing my fingerprints.

No word yet either about the needed corrections of the misspelling of my and F's names.

Looking forward to be able to travel with Fritz in 2018.

Thank you for the prayers.