2007 Feb-Apr: Get down to business researching countries and agencies
2007 Apr: Decide on Vietnam and choose an adoption agency in Amercia and a homestudy worker in England. Start gathering documents
2007 Apr 12: Homestudy home visit
2007 May: Continue gathering yet more documents
2007 May 27: Get fingerprinted at our base
2007 May 29: Send off I-600A to USCIS at US embassy in London
2007 Jun 3: Send off corrected I-600A (ok, i’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer)
2007 Jun 13: Homestudy complete! Just needs signature pages from British home study worker.
2007 Jun 13-Jul 23: Our homestudy is in transit all over the western world: Texas to England to Texas to England. Meanwhile, we prepare our dossier as much as possible.
2007 Jul 23: Our home study arrives at our house and at USCIS London at long last!
2007 Aug 11: I-171H received
2007 Aug: Finish compiling dossier (meaning: wait for Hunky to get back from a trip so we can get another copy of his passport notarized, since the JAG office didn’t do it right the first time)
2007 Aug 28: Dossier documents sent to courier service to take to US State Department and Vietnamese Embassy in Washington D.C. Sometime around this date our home study is sent by our adoption agency to the TX Sec of State for Verification.
2007 Sep 4: Dossier documents taken through US State Department and handed over to Vietnamese Embassy
2007 Sep 11: Dossier documents picked up from the Vietnamese Embassy (we paid for expedited service) and mailed to Adoption Agency
2007 Sep 14: Homestudy arrives at Vietnamese Consulate in San Francisco after being verified by TX Sec of State (wow, I can’t believe our homestudy is still holding us up here…it was done 3 months ago, people!)
2007 Sep 24: We are DTV!
2007 Sep 28: Dossier arrives in Vietnam for translation (how can mail get so quickly to from America to Vietnam, and take so long to get from England to America? FedEx is a really good thing)
2007 Oct 23: We receive word that our dossier has been logged in at the IAD…the wait to referral officially begins
2007 Nov: Notify homestudy worker and adoption agency that we would be open to adopting a child with special needs
2008 May: Notified by agency about a little boy with heart problems – hopefully we’ll be able to tell you his name soon!
2008 Jul: We submit our I-600 to USCIS in Hanoi
2008 Jul 23: We receive word from USCIS Hanoi that our packet is missing several documents and will have to be redone 😦
2008 Jul 28: We receive word that our agency has a copy of the Official Referral Letter from Vietnam – WE HAVE AN OFFICIAL REFERRAL FOR EMMETT HOANG!!!!
2008 Jul 30: Our agency’s second attempt for our I-600 packet leaves Texas via Fed-Ex
2008 Aug 4: Our I-600 packet is delivered to USCIS in Vietnam
2008 Aug 11: We receive I-600 approval!!!
2008 Aug 18: We leave for HCMC
2008 Aug 19: Arrive in HCMC
2008 Aug 20: Leave for Vung Tau – Giving and Receiving Ceremony – Emmett joins our family!
2008 Aug 21: Head back to HCMC to apply for Emmett’s Vietnamese passport
2008 Aug 22: Receive Emmett’s Vietnamese passport
2008 Aug 23: Emmett and Ren fly to Hanoi
2008 Aug 25: Visa medical appointment – drop off paperwork for visa interview
2008 Aug 26: Visa interview: IR-3 Visa granted
2008 Aug 27: British Visa granted
2008 Aug 28: Fly from Hanoi to Hong Kong to Los Angeles – Emmett becomes a US Citizen upon landing
2008 Aug 29: Obtain US passport for Emmett
2009 Aug 30: Fly from Los Angeles to Newark
2009 Aug 31: Fly from Newark to London – Home at Last!