Adoption Paperwork Update
It’s not often that I’m pleasantly surprised with something related to adoption paperwork. In fact, in almost 3 years that’s only happened twice – when the fee for the first step of the Canadian Immigration application was only $100 and when a very helpful USA consulate employee told me we could submit Little MPB’s USA Social Security application from Canada.
But, it happened again. And let me tell you, I’m thrilled by this little victory!
Only a few short months ago, On February 23 to be precise, we submitted the Social Security paperwork. When we submitted the paperwork we were told the average wait time is 6 – 8 months. Which we figured was better then never.
Anyways, his social security just arrived in the mail, in less than 3 months!
Which means Little MPB officially has a USA Social Security Number!
So, while I have absolutely no idea why we needed to get his social security number at this age, I know that at least we have it! And at this point, any paperwork I can check off my to-do-list is worthy of a celebration.
Now I just have to figure out what the purpose of a USA Social Security Number is…. Especially for a child who doesn’t live in the USA. I suspect this will become a necessity when he’s older, but not right now? Or do USA born babies pay taxes, even if they don’t live in the USA and don’t make any money, because they are babies? Maybe we should talk to an accountant. Which means I need to find a USA accountant. Oh, fun times.
As an aside, for those who don’t know, we are Canadian so we have Canadian Social Insurance Numbers. Little MPB will get his Canadian SIN once his Canadian citizenship is finalized, and I fully know the purpose of the SIN and actually want that number ASAP as there are some government benefits (i.e. Canadian Education Saving Grant) we can access only once we have the number.
As a double aside, I can almost see the adoption related paperwork light at the end of the tunnel….we are just waiting on his amended birth certificate which should arrive soon (I don’t think I ever mention the giant kerfuffle we’ve been navigating with that process this month…I think it’s solved but should find out one way or another in the next few weeks). And then we just have to do the second phase of Canadian Immigration, then Canadian SIN application and Canadian passport. I’m optimistic we may be done all of this by his 2nd birthday, but realistically I accept that he may be 2.5 or even 3 before it’s all done!
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