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Saturday, August 25, 2007
As I've previously mentioned due to the length of our adoption journey (duration not distance) we've had to update a number of items. For example, our homestudy which was original done in July 2006 needed to be updated since it was a year old. Now, our CIS fingerprints (valid for 15 months) needed to be retaken.

We just received our new appointments for the CIS fingerprinting (it's for the week of September 4th). So we'll be getting that done soon and will be yet another update will be completed, thankfully. It is rather odd, though, that the expiration of the CIS fingerprinting is 15 months. The fingerprints are done as part of the paperwork necessary for the I171h form. This form is the authorization by the U.S. government to allow us to adopt a foreign born orphan and bring them into this country to become a U.S. citizen.

Now the odd part is that the I-171h form is valid for 18 months, but the fingerprints (again a required part to get the form) are valid for only 15 months. Odd. Odder still is that because our I-171h is valid until January we most likely will not be needing it renewed. But because our fingerprints expire in October (and that is when we most likely will be coming home) we do need to get them renewed. So we're getting the fingerprints done even though we will not be needing a new I-171h. These nonsensical expiration dates are even better than some of the strange Russian regulations. Nice to see our government is number one in just about everything (including moronic regulations).

But wait, it actually works out okay.

CIS is raising the prices for I-171h's. It used to be $545 but is now $670 and fingerprinting was $140 and is now $160. But because adoptions worldwide have a tendency to take longer than 18 months, one free extension (really a renewal) is given to anyone whose fingerprints or I-171h expires after July 31st (when this new price increase went into effect). So in one of those completely rare instances, we actually don't have to spend money to get something done.

Shocking but true.
posted by Steveg @ 11:10 AM  
  • At 3:50 PM, Blogger Dede said…

    We had to update both of ours too. A little "gotcha" on the I-171H to watch out for is that if you have to renew it, your home study can't be more than 6 months old. Fortunately ours was only 4 months old at the time we renewed but I renewed 90 days out so it would have been too old if I would have waited closer to the expiration.

  • At 10:56 AM, Blogger MMrussianadoption said…

    and who says the best things in life arent free?

  • At 7:15 PM, Blogger Leslie & Bryan said…

    Hi Steve my name is Leslie and my husband Bryan and I are also in the process of adopting. I just wanted to say of I know all to well about updating items. Just wanted to say Hi and that I look forward to rooting you and your wife onto your journey to parenthood.

    Leslie B

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