Hey child up and go; A big world is out there waiting for us to live in every day. Outside you will find, there is love all around you; Takes you, makes you wanna' say; That it's a beautiful life and it's a beautiful world and it's a beautiful time to be here, to be here, to be here. -Fisher
Friday, February 15, 2008
Well, we got our PA pretty fast! The CCAA implemented a new computer system recently that is helping moving things faster. This is great but at the same time a little scary. With the old system you pretty much knew that you would wait a month to two months for pre-approval and then another two-three months for a "Seeking Confirmation Letter" which is your official referral. Your TA (travel approval) would come about a month later and you would travel 4 to 8 weeks after that. But with the new system things are happening very quickly for some families. The families that are moving the fastest are those that have already been reviewed and approved by Department 1. As it turns out our documents are in Department 1 right now and most likely have already been reviewed! Our agency specialist, Ann, called me last night to discuss the possible time frames for us. Some families that had already been reviewed got their SCL two weeks after PA! She wants us to be prepared for this possibility! However, she thinks we will get our SCL around the end of March and our TA in April. Travel is not allowed at the end of April due to a big Trade Show that books all the Hotels in Guangzhou (where we have to go to get Claire a medical exam and her visa). Also, there is a Labor Holiday the first week of May and everything in China shuts down that week. Therefore, it looks like we will be traveling around the middle of May. Of course, you never know how these things will play out!