1. Social worker completes the home study and we gather all documents.
2. Send hs to ISS-US for certification
3. ISS-US certifies hs
4. a) ISS-US sends hs and letter of certification to USCIS Athens b) USCIS receives hs + loc
5. Send form I600-A and supporting documents to USCIS Athens
6. Send hs + supporting documents to La Creche Orphanage in Tangier, Morocco
7. a) USCIS receives i600-A. b) USCIS approves I600-A and we receive I171-H
8. Receive referral from orphanage
9. Travel to Morocco to meet Ayoub*
10. Obtain guardianship of baby in Moroccan court
11. Receive documents: a) cert of abandonment b) birth certificate c) Kefala document d) permission to travel
12. Apply for and receive Ayoub’s Moroccan passport
13. Have all documents a) translated into English and b) notarized by the Moroccan Foreign Ministry.
14. Travel to Rabat to have the Qatari Embassy notarize documents in # 11.
15. Farhan travels to Qatar to apply for Qatari visa for the baby. (Yep, you actually have to be in the country to apply for the visa!)
16. Farhan returns to Casablanca for the interview at the US Consulate.
17. Fax child’s information to VA dept. of Social Services (VADSS) to meet state’s pre-adoption requirements
18. Receive certificate from VADSS
19. Have baby’s medical exam by a consulate-approved doctor in Casablanca
20. File form I600 with US Embassy in Casablanca with documents in #11 above along with: a) Moroccan Passport for the baby b) Original Birth Certificate of the child and sworn English translation c) Medical exam from one of our panel physicians in Casablanca d) Exemption for Children from the immunization requirement e) 2 Photos (5cmx5cm or 2 inches by 2 inches) on a white background f) Form DS-230 part 1 and 2 h) $670 or the equivalent in Moroccan Dirhams (if you have an approved, valid I-600A, you don’t need to pay this again).
21. Secure IR4 visa to enter US
22. Travel to US, process visa and travel documents at immigration in airport
23. Receive baby’s US Green Card in mail
24. Have 1st post-placement visit with Rebecca
25. Travel back to Qatar and enjoy our newest addition!
26. On our next visit to the US, complete 2nd and 3rd post-placement visits
27. Formalize US adoption
28. Obtain baby’s US birth certificate
29. Obtain baby’s US passport
30. Obtain baby’s Certificate of US Citizenship
*Our process took 4.5 months because I chose to stay in Morocco 3 months before Ayoub was released for adoption by the courts. We were so excited to have a child and couldn’t wait 3 months to be with him full time! (There were no issue of establishing residency as with orphanages in other Moroccan cities). And then there was a government strike which delayed the process by 10 days bringing our total time there to 3 month (we chose to be there) and 6 weeks (4 for adoption process (we only had to be in country for 2 of those weeks) + 10 day gov’t strike delay).
How did we manage this? I run an online company so my work is portable. My husband stayed in Qatar to work and visited us every month. He was in Tangier toward the end of our stay when we both needed to appear before the Moroccan judge and at the US Embassy to get Ayoub’s visa to travel to the US.