November 03, 2005

Request from the Embassy

The BCIS at the US Embassy in Guatemala has requested some relief from the large numbers of e-mails and congressional inquiries they are receiving from adoptive parents. The reason being that they are receiving so many e-mails, sometimes multiple e-mail in one day about the same case, that attempting to answer them is preventing them from processing the cases. The same goes for inquiries from members of Congress since the Embassy is legally obligated to answer each of those in writing.

Understaffing has been an ongoing issue with the BCIS in Guatemala and is not something that they necessarily can control. To address this, three permanent staff members have been added and are now currently working in Guatemala. It is everyone's hope that they will be able to speed up the process of getting preapprovals issued.

Some professionals have requested that parents not contact the Embassy unless it has been sixty days since DNA results were received in order to give the Embassy a chance to get caught up.

Please don't shoot the messenger here. Having just been through the process, and having written to them myself in my adoption, I know how difficult the wait can be. However, it appears they have addressed the staffing issue, at least to some degree, and I can certainly understand their position on this.

Posted by Kevin at November 3, 2005 03:29 PM

Kevin - I appreciate the information. This is the most I have heard about the trouble - other than that they are behind. It helps to better understand the situation. Although the wait is hard, information eases the anxiety.

Posted by: Teri Belin at November 3, 2005 05:24 PM

Thank you!

Posted by: Laura at November 3, 2005 09:12 PM

Thanks Kevin. Godspeed to the Embassy.

Posted by: Michelle H at November 4, 2005 11:15 AM

I would like to ask for some help in validating some recent information. Our agency informed us today that the third reading of the law changes is scheduled to occur this week. Our agency got this information from someone that is working with Unicef in Guatemala.

I don't know if anyone else has heard this information, or if anyone has more.

Posted by: Jacki Dudding at November 7, 2005 01:38 PM

Our agency said that the embassy goes through a staff change every 3 months!! That means a slow down every 3 months!!! CRAZY!

Posted by: Kara at November 8, 2005 02:39 PM

I was in Guatemala the last week of Oct, and my agency's contact had just heard that the Ortega Law was withdrawn for awhile (a year?) due to the hurricane effects.

Not sure I'd swear that's accurate, but thought I would share it...

Posted by: Liz at November 8, 2005 04:57 PM

Does anyone know how long it usually takes to get your documents through translation?

Posted by: Tina Thomas at November 10, 2005 12:03 PM