Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Paperwork (work work work)

The great news: based on a phone call yesterday, today I dropped off a letter with the exact wording I needed the OB to use to describe my "postpartum mood disturbance".  I also attached a 1 page document explaining why and the screenshots of the code descriptions.  They called mid-day to say it was signed and ready for pickup!

I planned to go to the MD's office with the signed note and ask for permission to write it in on the "history" line.  However, the MD's office called me a short while later for a different question.  When I told them my plan they ok'd to just insert it.  Done!  The medical form is sent to the agency with the necessary code on it.

Now we have one last major medical step.  For Ukraine we need the doctor to sign one more form that will also include this code.  I'm hopeful that when I show up with the form and the note from the OB that she'll agree to just write it in there, too.  I can't imagine why she wouldn't.  We also have to figure out how to get a notary to join us for that appointment because there are 4 documents that will need to be notarized as they are signed.

And speaking of that form, we got the dossier packet today (doss'-ee-ay; "a collection of documents about a particular person, event, or subject.").  In it are 24 forms we need to print out and either (a) sign ourselves in front of a notary (15 documents) or (b) need to fill out and have someone else sign in front of a notary (9 documents).

The ones we manage ourselves are laughably easy.  Go to the library down the street, sit in a quiet corner with the notary, sign 15 documents.  Done.

Of the nine that require other people, four are the doctor's office.  Despite being a huge practice, they do not have a notary on staff so we need to hire (beg?) someone to come along with us to that.  Two are done at the police station (criminal background checks) (not sure if they have a notary), 2 are letters from our HR departments verifying our employment (notary availability unknown), and one is a letter from a real estate office stating some basic info about our house and how long we've owned it (notary shouldn't be a problem).

And then they go through the usual rounds of having the notary stamps confirmed by the county courthouse, then having all of those confirmations confirmed at the state's offices.  But that's it.  Done!

Meanwhile, Katie's physical is this Thursday and that will complete the homestudy.  We have to get yet another form notarized for them about our contractual obligations and then they can finalize the homestudy and run it through its notary/county/state routine.  (State routine is called being apostilled (ah-poe'-steeled)).  And that homestudy will complete our application to USCIS and we'll be ready to send all of this to Ukraine by mid to late April.

(Then it's June or July before we'll hear anything about travel.  Travel in late July, possibly, with finalization in August.  Pray for Peace in Ukraine!)

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