Thursday, February 14, 2008

Stalled Again

Well, we knew it couldn't go smoothly, didn't we? Today, Daryl called the USCIS office in Haiti to find out the status of Noah's paperwork for the birth parent interview. They said that they sent the paperwork - but they didn't send it to the consulate in Haiti. For some reason, they sent our paperwork to the Chicago USCIS office!! Robin says she has no idea why they would do this - she doesn't know of any circumstance where the birth parent interview paperwork would be sent back to the US, so she can't imagine why they would make this mistake.

So, now I have to try calling the USCIS office in Haiti (it was already closed when I found all of this out today) to see if they can somehow send copies of the paperwork to the consulate (I don't know if they have copies or if the consulate will accept them, but that's what we're going to try to find out). I'm also calling the Chicago office to see if they have received the paperwork (I don't know exactly when it was sent out). I'm really not sure what they would even do with the paperwork if they got it. Still, I'm hoping that maybe they recieved it and put it in my (now closed) file. I'm hoping they'll let me drive to the office and pick it up. And then I'm hoping that Carine at the US consulate in Haiti will allow us to make the visa appointment and bring the documents with us.

I know that's a lot of things to hope for. And, let's face it, my interactions with the USCIS Chicago office up to this point have not gone well. But, I still have to hope.

This has not been an easy road. It's hard to see God's purpose in all of this, but I know that He has one. I just pray that our son will be home with us soon!

UPDATE: I did speak to the officer in the Chicago office. She was actually very pleasant this time, but she said they haven't received anything. She had me send an email requesting that they contact me if it comes in.


ManyBlessings said...

I'm trying to remember here, but this sounds exactly like what they told us. That they had sent our paperwork back to the states. I'm going to go back through my old emails and try find the sequence again. I remember that this is what they told our USCIS officer but that I think what they had really sent was the I604. I'm going to try sort through it tonight and then I'll get back to you. Hold fast. This was told to us too.

Ericka said...

Nicole, I'm so sorry.
Hang in there sweetie - if it wasn't for the pure reality that this is a child's *life* here, the paper chase would almost be comical. Almost.
Lots of hugs,

Laurie said...

My goodness this is unbelievable! So close, yet so far to having Noah home. It really does make you question the competency of the folks working in those departments. It's not like this is the first adoption paperwork that they have ever seen. UGGG - I am so frustrated for you. Hope the latest mistake gets rectified quickly.

Hugs, Laurie