Originally Posted by Sweetpea3829
That's awesome, Oz. Then you have to apply for US Citizenship on their behalf, yes?
We just went through the naturalization process for my husband, who's lived in this country for all but 3 of his years...lol. It was an absolute nightmare and this was our second time applying. He was denied the first time, five years ago, because of a technicality. He was a bit mischevious as a youth, and that came back to haunt him during the process. We didn't think they'd give it to him. They made us track down records from 1987, from when he was a juvenile!
In the end, though...he just received his letter today, informing him that he has an oath ceremony in September. YAAAY!!!
Hopefully your dealings with USCIS will be more smooth than ours. Should be, given that they're children!
Because of the likes of Madonna and Angelina Jolie, the ISCIS changed the rules for international adoptions that were done in the foreign country. They now give green cards ONLY after 2 years of legal custody - which starts when the judge signs off. Its outrageous but its to prevent people trying to circumvent the Hague Convention and child trafficking.
The odds of getting tourist visas for the kids from the Philippines are very low so theoretically we would have to wait out another 2 years.
My plan is to use my Australian citizenship and make them Aussie residents. I will then apply for tourist visas to the USA from Australia which should be a formality. Provided they leave the USA every six months, it should work but it will take 4 or 5 months.
Once the 2 years is up, we can then apply for US residency.
They will eventually end up with 3 passports.
As soon as we get Filipino passports, I am going to take "paternity leave" for a month and sort it all out - with a trip to Bali in the middle.