I just received notice from USCIS that our reprint approval was mailed to us yesterday and will be sent to the National Visa Center today, which means they'll have it by Tuesday. Now, NVC just needs to add their stamp of approval and send it to Ethiopia. Technically, that gives NVC two weeks to get it to the Embassy (our appointment is on the 9th). Piece of cake, right?
Not exactly. My underground sources say NVC is not the most efficient piece of machinery. And we really need to know the approval is on its way before we get on a plane -- June 2 or 3. Why don't we just take our copy of the approval when we go? Because that ain't allowed -- it must come from NVC, I'm told.
So now we begin our next phase of begging and pleading and praying. Anyone care to wager a bet on whether it gets there? As for me, hopes high, expectations low. It's a good place to be.