Our immigration approval came today--phew!! One more thing to check off our list.
Tomorrow our dossier documents from Washington, including a "true and exact" copy of our immigration approval letter, go to the Secretary of State in Olympia to be "verified". This means that they have the seal of the Secretary of State attached to prove their authenticity.
When those documents are received back, we send the WA and CA documents to the Emba.ssy of the PRC in San Francisco to be authenticated there.
After this, the entire kit and kaboodle will go to China, where it will be (eventually) logged in, and a final decision about our case will be made (this also takes quite a while).
I was going to drive our docs down to Olympia myself, but my darling hubs had a bit of an incident at work wherein part of his ring finger got chopped off (well, it's dangling). So he's off for a fairly disgusting surgery tomorrow wherein they will sew two fingers together for a while to try to save the ring finger--something about blood flow to the cut-off portion. (Note: When we got married, my father-in-law said to me, "Welcome to the family. It'll never be dull." He was absolutely, totally and completely correct!) We have a lot of faith in the hand surgeon, so hopefully all will go well.
(Update: Surprisingly, the hand surgeon was able to reassemble Cory's finger without using skin from another finger, and he is on the mend. YAY!)
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