We interrupt our regularly scheduled countdown for this update on our fingerprint renewal drama.
Yes, we have four days left before we leave for Ethiopia. This also means we have four days left to get our fingerprint renewal drama resolved. Dave took a turn calling the National Visa Center yesterday and was told they haven’t received our fingerprint renewal yet. Our fingerprints expired on Saturday, so this isn’t good news. I also emailed USCIS for the 3rd time in 3 days and for the 3rd time in 3 days did not get a response to my emails. So, after emailing our Congressman’s office last Friday and getting a “thank you for emailing me” response, I called his office and was able to speak with his immigration specialist. She gave me her email address and asked me to forward all our USCIS approval information to her and she is going to contact them on our behalf to try and find our fingerprints and get them to the National Visa Center.
Last week I was handling the drama okay, but yesterday my body began reacting. I’m not going to go into detail other than to say that my intestines were responding to the stress.
Regardless, we continue to move forward and still plan to leave Saturday. Our tickets are purchased, reservations at the Ethiopia Guest Home made (actually they’ve been changed 3 times because of our Embassy appointment changes), most of the packing has been done, arrangements for doggie care made and most of all we are ready to go get our baby girl and bring her home. So, while we very much want to have this situation resolved before we leave, we will be in Ethiopia an entire week before our Embassy appointment which means we have nine business days before Embassy appointment. Certainly, this can be resolved within nine business days, but please let it be resolved within four.