Wednesday, May 3

171 Approval!

We got our 171 approval today. Actually, I drove down and picked it up from our local BCIS office. The processing time for this was about twice as fast as Gwen's 171 and I can only assume that it's because I sent our I600 with a sad little picture of Madeline and a personal plea that they expedite us. I figured it couldn't hurt and it sure seems to have helped!

By the way, our 171 wasn't really as cool at the image above. I spruced it up a bit since it's too much of an important document to look so boring!


Blogger Kim M. said...


I like your version of the form is so official looking!

May 03, 2006 3:41 PM  
Blogger Stefanie said...

Yeah! Congratulations, it won't be long now until you'll be holding your new daughter :)

May 03, 2006 6:37 PM  
Blogger Shana said...

Yay!!!! I had a feeling it would come today!

Hurry home, Madeline!

Shana :)

May 03, 2006 8:21 PM  
Blogger Gracencameronsmomy said...

Congrats! You "spruced it up"?? Ha! I need some of your computer skills!

May 03, 2006 10:46 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

WOW that's much different looking than the one we got for Cady. Pretty, even.
Great to hear everything is going quickly.

May 03, 2006 11:13 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

Donna, The way every thing has moved so quickly for you to bring Madeline home is amazing. God wants this little girl in your house! How long was that, from fingerprint to 171? Seemed like about 2 weeks! Our 171 for Gwen took 7 weeks... the timing is always just right, though, isn't it?!

May 04, 2006 6:02 AM  
Blogger Amy C said...

now does this mean you can go pick up Maddy sooner????

This is so exciting...


May 04, 2006 6:57 AM  
Blogger Jana said...

It is going so quickly and i'm so excited for all of you! I'm really looking forward to the Gwen and Maddy blog :)

May 04, 2006 7:24 AM  
Blogger Lisa~~ said...

It's wonderful when things happen quickly, hopefully the rest of the process will go just as fast.

May 04, 2006 12:14 PM  
Blogger Glo said...

At the rate you are going, that little gal will be home in no time at all.

May 04, 2006 7:09 PM  
Blogger Ryan and Heather said...

We got ours yesterday too!!! :)

May 05, 2006 8:21 AM  
Blogger Val said...

Now, THAT'S what I call a 171!! By the looks of it, it came with balloons and a parade too? :o)

Congratulations, BTW!

May 05, 2006 10:33 AM  
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May 05, 2006 12:16 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Hey! Thanks everyone!

Congrats on yours, Ryan and Heather!

Val, There was a crowd of applicants at the BCIS office when we picked up our 171. Does that count as a parade? Hee hee.... and Gwen was blowing spit bubbles which are almost as much fun as balloons! :) :)


May 05, 2006 2:42 PM  
Blogger PeiLien said...

Awesome!! CONGRATS


May 06, 2006 2:28 PM  
Blogger Andrea and/or Jeff said...

Yay! Congratulations!
What office do you use? I was surprised how quickly our 171 came in the Summer of 2004, from the San Jose office about which I'd heard horror stories. It seems kind of random as far as I can tell, but a cute picture can't hurt!

May 10, 2006 3:01 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Andrea & Jeff, It was the San Jose office. Gwen's 171 took 3.5 months from the date of the I600. This one took exactly one month!



May 10, 2006 3:22 PM  

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