We received a phone call from our adoption agency last week that the final clearance we had been waiting on had come in and they were sending out our finalized, approved Home Study immediately! Yippee! One major step accomplished in this journey.
Next comes our USCIS (Citizen and Immigration Services) approval. So we filled out another long form, included a copy of our Home Study, birth certificates and marriage liscense, and a lovely check for $830.00, and paid extra to Overnight it via FedEx on Saturday.
Average approval time is around 40 days right now. Of course, we're hoping for LESS than average, but we'll see! This is the last piece of paper we need to assemble our dossier (the paperwork that actually goes to China for approval).