Well, it is a NEW step for us since the Hague treaty was instituted, after Devi's adoption.
Once we received the referral of our sugar plum, Sonalika, we applied to the USCIS for provisional approval to adopt that particular child. USCIS made a provisional determination, based on the information available to them, about whether she was eligible under U.S. law to be adopted and enter the United States. We are thrilled to say that this approval means she is! Yippee!!!!
Now this approval and another set of forms go to the US Embassy in Delhi and we await our Article 5 letter.