Monday, July 02, 2007
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office in St. Louis received our N-600s at 8:49 this morning. The N-600s are applications, along with 100+ pages of paperwork, required by the Department of Homeland Security to issue Certificates of Citizenship to our Guatemalan-born, adopted children. The Certificates of Citizenship do not confer citizenship -- they became citizens on their adoption dates -- but the C of C proves citizenship. Unlike a U.S. passport, which expires, a C of C never expires. We paid $215 x 2 kids to file the N-600, plus $9 x 2 kids for the photos for the applications, plus $7 in postage, which = $455. How long will we wait for our government to process these forms. I have heard it can take up to 18 months... though the USCIS claims only 3 months for the St. Louis office. We shall see. Say a little prayer that some nice bureaucrat processes our applications quickly!