The people whose emigration permissions were submitted last month found out today that they have approval! They are being told they will travel in 1-3 weeks.
We expect the next batch (#3 for this year) to be submitted soon – maybe before the week is out! And we hope to be in that batch! Chronologically (which is how they normally process the paperwork), we wouldn’t be, but our case worker thinks Ben may be moved up because of his age and his emotional anxiety about coming to America.
We might be going to Korea NEXT MONTH!
Also, I wanted to give an update on the travel plans. We think we will use a military flight called Patriot Express. It goes from Seattle to Seoul twice a week, on a regular schedule. It is a “space available” flight, so we are not guaranteed a seat on our choice of schedule, but for about $30/flight, we are willing to take the chance on it. This makes our “total needed” figure much lower. Hopefully, we will be hearing good news from the various grant organizations in the next week or two!