We are currently waiting on word from the U.S. Embassy that they’ve received our file. The last couple of groups of travelers have received this word on Monday mornings about 4 weeks after their court date. Since I am grasping onto any piece of information I can about timelines, and since we are now almost 5 weeks out from our court date, for the past week or so I have felt fairly certain that I would have that email in my inbox this morning.
Nope. No email from the Embassy.
I have been trying to prepare myself for the different ways this process could unfold. I know that the Embassy’s investigation process can take varying amounts of time, since each case is different. So I have been telling myself that while it seems to take about a month for most families to clear the Embassy investigation, I know it could well take longer. But I have to admit that I never considered that this phase – the getting ready for the Embassy phase – could take longer than planned.
It’s been a month and two days since our court date. And this has been the longest month and two days of my life. I imagine the next month will feel even longer. I just want to know that something – anything – is happening. Getting the email from the Embassy would be a good step. They can’t approve a file they don’t even have, right? I think there is going to be some serious inbox stalking happening from here on out. The good thing is that with the time change between here and Addis, I know that there’s probably no chance in us getting any communication later than 10 or 11am EST. So at least that means I can somehow try to go on with each day at that point.