Wednesday, July 30, 2008

He'll be 10 by the time his paperwork is done

As you can probably tell, this whole adoption crap is like climbing up a steep hill covered in honey while wearing weighted boots. I mean it's slow. Like me. I keed, I keed. Anyway, just to give you an idea of the glory behind the vast wasteland known as the US Immigration Department, here's what they require. We recently had to fill out a form, one of a billion we have already filled out mind you, and submit it to them along with a big fat check to cover the massive cost of someone hauling their ass off their chair to file said form. This form, however, is only a preliminary form that we had to get approved so that we could get yet ANOTHER set of fingerprints taken so that a second form could be filed and processed. The second form is a preliminary form for YET ANOTHER form that will be filed when we finally get little Kimchi home. WTF?! Honestly, I have no clue as to what any of these forms really do. I just fill them out and take them where they tell me to. I may have just bought a goldmine, I don't know. Anyway, the moral of this story is that they said it would take 7 days for us to get our fingerprint summons, which we finally got, 16 days after we filed. Clearly there is no difference between 7 and 16 days in the world of our government. We get our prints taken next week. They said it could take up to 90 days to get them processed. Seriously. I don't even want to know what they do with them that takes 90 days. THIS, people, is why this stuff takes so long.

4 comments:

LM said...

Well, unfortunately I can't say I'm surprised. You might recall that way back when, I was a paralegal for an immigration attorney. It took our clients an average of 7 years to become legal (depending on where they were from and the type of case). 7 YEARS and all that's involved in the process are basically filling out/filing forms, and perhaps an appt. or two with INS. That takes 7 years? Often more? At least Kimchi won't take 7 years to arrive, and he'll already be a citizen once he does. My point is, our government sucks gigantic ass. Especially INS. Remember that jackass Gene McNary? He wasn't happy enough screwing things up around here, so they put him in charge of INS many years back and he really went to town there. Thanks, Republicans, for making life a chaotic hell.

amy & jeff said...

AMEN!

Gwen said...

Wow. I work for the federal government and that sounds outrageous even to me. Just keep plugging away, when you get closer to the top of that hill I'm certain the honey will be thinner from having run downhill.

Allie said...

Wow. That is a lot of paperwork and red tape. It must be so frustrating!

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