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Nozomi in California

the the appointment letter from U.S. Immigration came two days after she departed the U.S. for Japan.  It was originally set for late June.

After returning to Japan, she then petitioned for an appointment in late December.  This would require a policy exception, since the applicant is supposed to stay in the U.S. during the entire application phase, from initial submission through the fingerprinting.

Then nearly 6 months passed since her return to Japan.  She submitted a request for an appointment in late December.  That way the whole family might be able to return to California with her.

However, a day after this petition was mailed, she received a letter from U.S. immigration, requiring her to be present for a biometrics exam in Pomona, California on Saturday, December 13.

Pleased with the exception made by U.S. Immigration, and not daring to push the system further, we decided that it would be best for her to accept this appointment and return to the U.S. alone.  The kids are in school until December 19 before the end of the year break and it would be best for them to remain in school through the semester.

So Nozomi is currently in southern California, awaiting her time of fingerprinting.  She is enjoying the opportunity to connect with friends, update our supporters and church, and of course do a little Christmas shopping for the kids.

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