Monday, June 22, 2009

I-800 frustration

I'm having trouble filling out the I-800 form. Most of it is a breeze, but I'm supposed to include my payment schedule, past and future. How thorough should I be? How bad will it be if I guess? Past is done - we kept records, of course - but I'm struggling with future payments. I've scoured our records for lists of what we'll owe in the future, and wrote down what I found. Now I need to ask the agent if I'm doing this right, and whether anything else needs to be listed.

I'm not entirely lost, but I need to confirm that it's correct and accurate enough, and find out the details of some money exchanges I'm only vaguely aware will occur soon.

All the agents seem to be very busy today, though. I've left bunches of messages. I feel bad. But they weren't angry or frantic messages. They were just... y'know... multiple messages.

Also, another form asks questions about my baby that I can't possibly know the answer to. Um... I'm just confused about that one.

Husband'o'mine was too distracted by an issue at work to help me much. But I hear that's been resolved, so maybe he'll pitch in when he gets home. I don't know what he can do to help, but we'll figure it out.

I don't feel like stressing out over this, especially while another family is currently under quarantine in China. I feel terrible for them and I'm pulling and praying for their ordeal to end happily, quickly, and for them to get their daughter. I'm not the kind of person who gets a boost from other people's misfortune, but on the other hand, it's hard to fret about the small things in my own life when you're aware of big things going on elsewhere.

We'll get the I-800 form sent out. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow (actually, I'm hoping it WILL be tomorrow), but soon... and for the rest of our lives.

I'm already thinking about baby #2. Not ready to make any decisions yet... just thinking... but that's just proof that this paperwork hasn't fazed me too much. When can we sign up to do it again?! Heehee!


  1. Hi,
    We just got our LOA last week and filled out the I-800, so I know what you're talking about. Actually, we didn't list anything. Are you sure that your agency thinks you need to list out your expenses?
    Best wishes!

  2. No, I'm not sure of anything, but I'm hoping that once I talk to the agent, she'll explain it all and then I'll get it right. Right now, it could be anything - maybe I can skip it entirely, or maybe it'll be sent back to me 20 times needing corrections. I dunno!

  3. PLEASE don't listen to ANYTHING I say!!! I just got a call from my officer telling me I'm an idiot (well, not really- my words, not hers) for not filling out that section. Had to fill it out and fax it over so she could finish up adjudicating our case!

  4. Ack! Sorry to hear it.

    My agent told me she'd sent a separate document, and that covered her fees, but I needed to list other fees in the I-800. So I did, and nobody has called me to tell me I did it wrong... yet...