2 Weeks Notice…Not!

May 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

Trying to pick when to give your workplace Two Weeks Notice is a tricky thing in international adoption. Technically the time for me to do it is anytime now, but realistically this would be jumping the gun–especially now that in-country investigations into adoption cases have started at the visa-issuing stage in the DRC.

What used to take a few weeks at this stage in the game is now taking a few months, plus.  *sad face*
There are a handful of Canadians hooz bags are packed and are all ready to go but are being held up by their travel visas not being issued. These persnickety pieces of papers used to be issued in 3-5 days and are now taking hoo knows how long…


According to the US Department of State, Intercountry Adoption Notice  of February 7, 2013:

Notice: Changes at Embassy Kinshasa for adoption-related immigrant visa processing

Embassy Kinshasa will now conduct the required field investigation after the approved I-600 ( or “Part 2” for us Canadians) petition is electronically received from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (or CIC) …Adoptive families should be advised that field investigations may take approximately 3-6 months to complete, possibly longer….This change is effective immediately… 

and as of yesterday, May 2, 2013 there was another notice:

Alert: Democratic Republic of the Congo Immigration Authorities Suspend Issuance of Exit Permits to Adoptees

On April 29, the Congolese Ministry of Interior and Security, General Direction of Migration (Direction Generale d’Immigration, DGM) informed the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa that the DGM has temporarily suspended issuance of exit permits to adopted Congolese children seeking to depart the country with their adoptive parents.  This suspension is due to an ongoing investigation of an adoption that may not have complied with Congolese law.
The suspension of exit permits for adopted Congolese children applies to all intercountry adoptions and is not limited to adoptions by U.S. citizens.  These exit permits are required in addition to U.S. immigrant visas in order for children to travel to the United States.    
The DGM does not expect to issue exit permits to any adoptees during the investigation.  

Although I’m all for investigations into international adoptions and due process–I’ll have to admit that I feel like we’ve been socked once again.

Thankfully my workplace is very understanding of my predicament and are good for me to go at anytime. Let’s hope it is before our little girl is 2 going on 12 years old. Hahaha!

Peace & Love,



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§ One Response to 2 Weeks Notice…Not!

  • Kara says:

    We live in alberta too and are adoption from DRC. I would love to talk to u about some things going on with this adoption situation if u wouldn’t mind. Could u email me at krealleb@hotmail.com. Thank you

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