Yesterday, we received confirmation that the National Visa Center has completed its pre-processing and has uploaded the relevant information onto the US Embassy network so the US Embassy in China has access to it. The National Visa Center was checking to make sure that quotas for certain types of immigrants have not been exceeded. (If they are, then you have to wait) Fortunately, there isn’t a quota at all for the number of visas that can be issued for immediate relatives. When we got our I-800 approval our girls were classified as immediate relatives, which made this last step pretty short!!
Armed with this confirmation from the NVC, we can now submit our DS-230 packet to the US Embassy in Guangzhou, China. This packet includes a lot of our paperwork we have already received such as our girls’ referral information, passport photos for our girls, our LOA from China, I-800, an additional new form called the DS-230, and a few other items.
Apparently, the US Embassy will only accept applications that are hand delivered. Fortunately, our adoption agency has a liaison in Guangzhou who can hand deliver the packet for us. (So no trips to China for us just yet.) The US Embassy goes through all our paperwork and will then issue an “Article 5” approval letter which gets forwarded to the China Adoption Center (CCCWA). This is the final pre-approval required from the US. I read somewhere that this takes exactly 10 business days. I guess we will soon see if that predication is accurate.