But even after all the checking, and verifying, and double-checking, and double verifying, occasionally changing requirements from either the United States or Colombia take us by surprise, and we end up having to redo a key part of our application. I guess that’s the unintended side effect of a process that moves at a snail’s pace over many months.
So tonight, we went to the FedEx Office yet again – this time to prepare photos of ourselves, our families, our church, our area school, and our house – indoor and outdoor.
We had previously submitted color copies of these same images with neatly typed captions. But this afternoon we learned that the requirement changed and that we now need to resubmit the photos on regular photo paper with captions written on the back.
When we arrived, Halima, the tall, intelligent, FedEx employee we know best, asked how our son was doing. She was surprised that we were still waiting for approval, and even offered to write us a letter of recommendation, anything to persuade the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to send the letter we’ve been waiting on for almost 75 days – official approval to adopt. Halima, thanks for your offer. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that, but be ready just in case.