The first batch of Emigration Permits (EP) were submitted on March 5th (my anniversary) and approved on March 26th (David’s Birthday). Families started getting travel calls last week and it’s been an exciting time in the Korean adoption world!
Currently we are waiting to hear that the Korean govm’t has allowed our agency to submit Batch #2 of the EP’s. We know that one agency was allowed to be submitted on Friday so we are hoping and praying that our agency is allowed to this coming week.
We spoke with our agency on Friday and they think it is a possibility Maddox could be in batch #2 but if not then he should be in batch #3. The ministry has stated that from here on out they will submit batches monthly and approve each batch in 4 weeks. In the past this has been somewhat sporadic so it’s nice to know that this will be consistent.
Also, our agency shared the wonderful news that families will be allowed to visit their child! Along with this they have opened up the opportunity for families to travel to Korea and take custody of their child once the child’s EP is submitted. The family will then stay in Korea with the child until he/she is given travel approval. This is an incredible opportunity for so many families and we are thankful for this development.
Should Maddox’s EP not be submitted until Batch #3 (In May) we will be traveling to Korea at some point in May to take custody until he is allowed to travel home. If he is in batch #2 we will likely wait until he is given travel approval in May/early June to travel and bring him home….unless we just can’t wait and still jump on a plane in May! Either way we should meet him at some point in the next 9 weeks!?!
We are on the downward slope and are becoming cautiously excited!