Another Step On the Paperwork Road

Adoption Journey — Day 214 (or, 7 months after we started…)

Today, we got the email to begin our immigration paperwork for Mystery Baby.

Basically, the way it works is this: we apply to sponsor our child to come to Canada as a Permanent Resident of Canada, as well as to have a Visa issued for the child to come to Canada. They are the key documents we need to be able to travel to get our child, as well as to bring them back. And, although a lot has to happen before then, we’re getting started now so we can have all our ducks in a row when the time comes to apply.

Some good things about this:

  • Since I am not working (no income), only BDH has to sponsor the child… which means, less paperwork for me! WHEE!
  • The sponsorship is the first step, so if that comes back promptly, then we can send off the permanent residence documents, which are required for our Mystery Baby to become a Canadian.
  • The Visa is often a long time coming, so the more promptly we get it sent off, the better.
  • Our agency has someone who is a specialist in the immigration paperwork, so it is her job to make sure we fill everything our correctly and get it in promptly.
  • If things are delayed a bit, well… that’s not entirely a bad thing, because there’s a bill in the government that comes into effect around December 23rd. When it comes into effect, every internationally adopted child automatically becomes a citizen rather than a permanent resident. Depending on timing, that would eliminate one bit of paperwork (and a very LONG process at that) for us, to apply for our child’s citizenship when we get Mystery Baby home. At this point, there’s no word on whether or not it will be retroactive, so we have to go on the assumption that we will apply for sponsorship, then permanent resident status, then citizenship. I’d just as soon eliminate the middleman, thankyouverymuch.
  • It’s not a really expensive part of the process, which is good because soon will come our biggest hit in fees, when we have to send money to Ethiopia to cover the legal costs there.
  • It’s another thing we can check off our checklist!

So, one foot in front of the other, one piece of paper after another, one bill in front of the other… all part of the journey, as we get closer and closer.

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