Today I am trying to figure out how to file my 1-600A with USCIS. (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) So I thought I would give a little info on what this is and how it fits into the international adoption process. This form is for "advance processing of orphan petition." According to the USCIS website "Advance Processing enables USCIS to adjudicate the application that relates to the qualifications of the applicant(s) as a prospective adoptive parent(s)." This can get quite confusing as there is a form 1-600 I will file that is to petition to classify an orphan as an immediate relative. This happens after we get our referral. For now, I am filing the 1-600A I "think" to get a leg up on things. Once USCIS receives my completed homestudy from our agency, they will send me a fingerprinting appointment card and Daniel and I go to get fingerprinted to be processed by the FBI. We will have to travel to USCIS main office to get fingerprinted. Now I do realize we just were fingerprinted locally. Honestly, if someone could clear up for me why we need to have it done twice that would be super. I am thinking the ones we just had done are to clear us for our homestudy approval, and the ones for USCIS are for approval from the US to bring an orphan into the country.
If you are wondering on the fee, the filing fee is $670.00 Ummm..wow. Then an additional $160 for fingerprinting or "biometric services."
Once we get "pre" approved by USCIS to bring an orphan into the country our agency can send all our paperwork to Korea and we wait to be matched with a little girl.
Okay, tomorrow on my list of things to do is go by Barnes for an informative book on this international adoption process. I am taking it one step at a time but would like to be more informed on the what and why of all these steps we have to go thru. One step at a time, right?
And in case others were fuzzy on what adjudicate means it is :To hear and settle (a case) by judicial procedure
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