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04:33 pm: Fingerprinted -- Third Times A Charm
John and I went down and got fingerprinted by INS again today. Third time. They last 15 months. The last one expired last summer, so that means about 36 months since the first time. This time, God willing, we won't have to do it again.

But, I tell ya, folks...being pregnant is sooo much easier than adopting!

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From:princejvstin
Date:March 12th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
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My good friends adopted, and Felicia has a son from a previous marriage. She tells me that the adoption was much more of a pain in the neck than the hoops they had to go through in order to do the adoption.

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From:arhyalon
Date:March 12th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
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So true! So true. I actually liked the pregnant part. The adoption is really grueling!
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From:juliet_winters
Date:March 12th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
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Seems a little absurd to require fingerprints done repeatedly.
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From:juliet_winters
Date:March 13th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
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I asked Steve who used to work for the INS why the repeated fingerprinting. It's not like you all run a Cold War-era style spy ring and can easily change your fingerprints.

The answer is pretty absurd. Rather than just update the parts that might need it due to time passage, they simply throw out your whole application.
Why? No good reason. They just do it that way.
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From:arhyalon
Date:March 13th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
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Yeah...you think they could keep 'em on file and resubmit them...but they don't.
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From:kokorognosis
Date:March 13th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
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Does INS use ink and paper, or do they scan your fingertips? When I got fingerprinted for Continental, they used a scanner... and it was a big pain in the butt to get valid scans. Took like a good twenty minutes of fidgeting with it.
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From:arhyalon
Date:March 13th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
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Scans. The local police station uses scans now too.

This time, it went the quickest of all. The lady was quite good and only needed to redue one or two fingers and only once each. She did mention that people who are angry about having to redo their fingerprints for an adoption yell at her...when of course, it's not her fault!
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From:coruca
Date:March 14th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
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So, I take it you were not like my sister who had 3 months of constant nausea at the beginning of her pregnancies. :-)
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From:arhyalon
Date:March 15th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
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It was not without it's difficulties, but it had it's joys, too.
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