One of the last paperwork steps (aside from the dossier) was to send our I600A off to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Our sweet Social Worker, on her way out of town to celebrate Thanksgiving, dropped our completed home study packets in the mail to us so that we could get things moving. I might have bugged her a bit. She mailed these to us on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (11/23); we FedEx'ed (sorry Chris) our dossier on Saturday (11/26th...only because no one would have been available to sign for it before Monday, the 28th...see "dah-see-ay" post below). On Monday, (11/28), I completed all of the copies, etc. that had to accompany the I600A (copies of birth certificates; marriage license; original, notarized copy of home study; check for $975.00) and sent it on its way.
What IS the I600A anyway? Technically, it is the "Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition". And according to the USCIS site, it's purpose is:
For adjudicating the qualifications of the applicant(s) as prospective adoptive parents. Filing this form will generally speed up the part of the process relating to the qualifications of the prospective adoptive parent petitioners.
Basically, what's happening with this form is that the US is approving us to bring an orphan into the United States.
Soon (hopefully), as a result of this I600A filing, we will receive fingerprinting appointments.
Will keep you posted.......