April 16, 2009

Mini Sigh of Relief

Finally after four months of anxious emails to our agency and social worker, mid-morning – mid-afternoon – mid-anytime mini panic attacks, and/or waking in the middle of the night worrying about whether or not I would have to complete the I800 because no one could/would give me a definite answer about our paper work I can breathe a tiny sigh of relief. Look what came in the mail yesterday…

The only box checked was the one stating they need a new home study.

This letter is a form stating that we have received a third extension to our I797C. I have been checking the mail daily for the last two weeks. All I can say is what a mini relief. I will feel a complete and total relief once we have our new I-797C in my hot little hands.

In order to get that last piece of paper we still have to submit a home study. For those that know that little piece of the muddle ~ I am happy to report that our social worker will be at our house on Saturday, April 18th at 2:00pm. Hopefully not too long after that she will send in the last piece needed to complete our I797C.

The last time I completed all of this paper work (round 2) I was not nearly as anxious about it as I am this time. I think I knew that I would be doing the paper work for a third time so I had much more of an “ok, whatever” feeling. This time I’m having much more anxiety about the entire thing.

In an email from USC!S I was told that our extension will be valid from April 27, 2009 to October 26, 2010, no matter when all of the information is received. If Polar Cub isn’t home in the next 18 months you won’t find me in blog world any more. You will find me rocking back and forth in a padded room somewhere babbling about I-600As, I-800s, I-171H, I-797Cs, fingerprints, and home studies. No Joke.


  1. We went through a third time too. I am so glad that there won't be a fourth.

  2. Third time is a CHARM..
    You are good..

  3. Don't worry. I don't see any padded rooms in your future :) I'm sure Polar Cub will be home before the expiration. Congrats on getting the extension!

  4. Happy to hear you'll be meeting with your SW so quickly and can get this sent off. Such stress this paperwork can cause!

    You'll be home snuggling your Polar Cub long before that 2010 date arrives. No padded cells will be necessary...until we're sleep deprived for day and find ourselves babbling: Barney, Kai Lan, Dora....

  5. Great to hear that you are breathing easier!

    Last renewal fer sure!

    Keep smilin!

  6. Dude, if you don't get your referral before your new paperwork expires, I'll be cuddling up with ya in that padded room! lol!!! Just don't bring any asparagus with you!!!! ROFL!

  7. HUGE sigh of relief!!
    I am sooooooooooooooooooo happy you got it!!!!!

  8. Thank the cosmos...geesh.

    Now, there is absolutely no way you are not going to be able to ride it on CIS paperwork from here on out.

  9. As I am typing I am compiling all of our paperwork to send off the third time!! 3rd times a charm...hopefully!
    Love, Kristy

  10. What a pain. Will the paperwork never end?! We have had her home for almost a year and now they suggest a US birth certificate so more. I had to redo my dossier twice though to switch agencies so i feel your pain. Keep your chin up, it will all be so worth it. Hope it all went well on the 18th. let us know!

  11. Just stopping by real quick to wish you a Happy Mothers Day :)