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Carolina Hope is moving its offices
Carolina Hope is very excited about our new Russian program. This program is a well-established program with a 10-year track record that operates out of St. Petersburg. The process moves very quickly and young babies are available. There has been no better time to adopt from this program as there are many babies and children available for adoption right now. Because of the availability of children, this keeps the process moving very quickly.
Once you are dossier ready, and your dossier has been sent to St. Petersburg, you can travel in a matter of weeks to meet your child. Your first trip is very brief and only one parent must travel. You and your spouse, if married, then travel back to St. Petersburg in about 3-6 weeks to adopt your child. This trip lasts a little longer as you must also obtain your child's visa in Moscow..
The children, overall, have been very healthy. Also, each of the children must be examined at a Western clinic during your first trip.
For more information about this exciting program, please contact us.
Immigration and Naturalization Services has transitioned into the Department of Homeland Security. As of March 1, 2002, adoptions fall into the Bureau of Citizenship and International Services (BCIS) within the Department of Homeland Security. Forms, and documents issued by the INS are still valid and will continue to be accept by BCIS and other agencies. The BCIS offices will remain at existing INS locations. If you want to download a form the new website is www.immigration.gov.
The creation of this new bureau, which specializes in immigration benefits, is to improve the quality of services. The BCIS will consist of 15,000 employees and contractors.
At present it appears that checks can be made to either INS or BCIS.
On February 14, 2002, all BCIS offices were told that the rule that fingerprints are valid for only 15 months will now go into effect. This is not a new law; the law will merely be enforced. This means you will need to be fingerprinted again if your fingerprints are more than 15 months old at the time you receive your child's-even if your I 171 H (INS approval) has not expired. The official word is that this will go into effect on May 31, 2002.
Please note the following: 1. If you are in the adoption process, determine when your fingerprints were taken. If you your fingerprints will be more than 15 months old by May 31, 2003, and you will be obtaining your child's visa after that date, then you will need to make arrangements to get fingerprinted at your INS (BCIS) office.
You should contact your home study agency to determine what is proper procedure at your INS (BCIS) office.
2. If you have not had your fingerprints taken yet and are just beginning the process, have your fingerprints taken at about the same time that your home study is submitted to INS (BCIS). You do not want your fingerprints expiring well before your approval from INS (BCIS) runs out. Usually it takes only a couple of weeks for the results of your fingerprints to actually be submitted to your INS (BCIS) office.
3. If you are involved in an adoption that takes more than six to nine months to complete (e.g., China), plan on having your fingerprints taken again.
4. Be prepared to pay the fee for fingerprints to be taken again ( $50 per person) just as when they were first taken.
A BCIS office has recommended to us that families write to their BCIS office 60 days before the fingerprints are to expire, so that there is plenty of time for the office to receive and respond to their request and send them an appointment card. If you have your fingerprints taken at a "main" BCIS office and not a satellite office, the fingerprints results are usually available within 48 hours. If fingerprints are taken at a satellite office, the process could take longer.
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