Friday, July 20, 2012

What's next?

Eli's case was submitted to the Embassy yesterday, so we've now entered the final stretch to bring him home.  Here's the Embassy's description of the process.

Nutshell is the US Embassy will conduct an independent investigation to determine whether Eli Lingo meets the definition of "orphan" under US immigration law.  The Embassy will conduct an initial review of our case and will likely schedule an interview with his birth mother before making a determination. 

We don't know exactly how long this will take, but this announcement from the Embassy in May of this year is what I've been clinging to:

Screening backlog
We are pleased to announce that we have cleared our screening backlog and the current time for screening new cases is two business days.  We have also increased the number of available birth relative interview slots, and the current wait time for a birth relative interview is one week.

Two days . . . one week. . . . 

We really could still be on a plane before the end of the month. 

In the meantime, we're so thankful to traveling families who have given us new photos to tide us over.

His response to "smile!" always cracks me up.

Love these two boys together.