Visa appointment update

Yesterday we went for our visa appointment at the US Embassy. We walked in the door right at 2 and waited for about 20 minutes until we were directed in to see the Vice Consul, . Ms. ***** briefly looked through our order and ruling. She said that the ruling didn’t include the required wording. We directed to the appropriate page and pointed out the portion of our ruling that stated that the child would be adopted in the United States and the portion that states that the child will immigrate to the United States – these two phrases meet the requirements of an IR4 visa. Ms. ****** looked at that portion of the ruling and then informed us that she had spoken to the judge that had completed our case that morning regarding another petition. She said the the judge had stated that despite what the other ruling said, the children were not supposed to be adopted in the United States and that the guardianships were granted with the understanding that the children would be fostered for 3 years in the United States and then come back to Uganda to be adopted through their courts. Ms. ***** stated that she would have to clarify our ruling with the judge before she can make a decision on our visa.

We are waiting to hear back from the consular officer at this point to see what the judge said regarding our ruling. There is so more to all this but I don’t feel comfortable sharing other parts on the blog at this point. If the judge does not tell the Embassy that we are allowed to adopt in the US our file will be sent to Nairobi and it will be sent with a letter from our Ugandan attorney and our US attorney stating that qualify for an IR4 visa based on all of our paperwork, regardless of what the judge is saying now (after the fact).

We are frustrated and upset but are trusting God will get us out of here soon. It’s been five weeks. We miss our families, we miss our home and we are almost completely out of money. Sometime has got to happen soon.

Keep praying.

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10 Comments to “Visa appointment update”

  1. OH MY! :( IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT WE CAN DO PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO ASK. IF THERE IS SOMEWAY TO GET YOU GUYS SOME MONEY LET US KNOW. I’M SURE PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO LEND A HAND. TAKE CARE AND KEEP US INFORMED. WE WILL CONTINUE PRAYING.

  2. Salem,

    Besides praying, is there anyone that we can contact here to help?

    I’m so sorry that you guys are having to deal with this.

    Please let us know what we can do to help.

  3. Besides the prayers ,how can others help who to contact for a few dollars to be sent to you guys?????????

  4. I sent check to your Mom but didn’t use your correct name, sorry, so you can’t access until your return.

    Do you have your original adoption agreement through your agency stating the policy – did it state the guardianship in that paperwork? Did it state they could change the “status” at any time? I can’t understand why they can do this to you guys as you were “in process” for adoption. What is your agency doing to assist you? Any other state dept. officials – can they be contacted? Still sending strong prayers and hoping it is resolved this week.

  5. what a mess. i’m so sorry salem. we’re praying for you.
    anna

  6. this is so heart breaking…i wish it would just clear up and we all could get on with our adoptions and you all could bring your children home! Oh Lord, please hear our crys, please resolve this situation and please let the embassy and uganda courts come to a solution soon that would allow visas to start being issued again, if its in Your will Father…please give us all strength as we wait to find out whats happening!

  7. Oh no…I think we all feel so helpless over here. We’ll just keep praying for answers…

  8. Hopefully something will come from the emails sent. Rest assured if there is anything we can do here we’ll do it.

  9. oh Salem. I am so sorry! Must be so frustrating! We are praying for a positive decision soon and that they would hold up to your original ruling!!

  10. Salem,

    I’m really sorry to hear this. Praying for you guys. Please send Keltie a hug from me.

    Tova

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