Monday, May 16, 2011

Becoming a U.S. Citizen



Today was a very important day for Grace!  We got up early and headed to the U.S. Consulate Office housed in a nondescript office building in downtown Guangzhou.  We rode up four escalators to reach the floor for adoption processing.  We sat in a room with about 10 other families and shared our stories until the Consulate official came out, explained the process and had us all swear an oath for our children stating that all the information we have provided was correct.  Next, they called up family by family to turn in the rest of our paperwork and sign one final document!  Tomorrow our guide, Jack, will go and pick up her Chinese passport with visa and a package of paperwork that we are not to open.  This package will be handed to the U.S. Immigration officials when we enter U.S. soil and from that moment Grace Lihua Meledeo will be a U.S. Citizen!!  Sadly, we weren't allowed to take cameras with us to the Consulate so we don't have any pictures.

The rest of the day we just hung out in the hotel because our guide said if there was any additional information needed, they would call us.  Tomorrow we have one more day of sightseeing, we get the immigration documents and then we head out early Wednesday for the 24 hour trip home!!

3 comments:

  1. Congrats and Safe Travels xoxox

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  2. Congratulations Grace - your extended family in the United States is ready to meet you!!
    And congratulations to Suzanne and Adam, you are just beginning the next chapter of your lives. Have safe travels, see you soon : ) Miss you!!

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