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.