Ti Luckner (Ti Luc)  Huxter  Р Alexandre Noel  Huxter

This very special boy has two names РTi Luckner or Ti Luc and Alexandre.  He does not use Alexandre but it is still his legal name for now.  It will be changed when he becomes a Canadian citizen.

Today is a very very happy day for Karen, Luckner, Ti Luc, and everyone else at HATS.  This will also be a happy day for many in Canada and some  in the US when this blog is read.

A lot of supportive people have been following the story of Ti Luc from birth and the saga of the adoption that took far too long. ¬†The adoption was finally finished two years ago and the passport one and half years ago. ¬†Due to problems with our lawyer and receiving the paperwork we were unable, until recently, to apply for a visitor’s visa and unable to send in paperwork for Part 2 of applying for Canadian citizenship for Ti Luc. ¬†We were blocked. ¬†Thanks to Luckner, who is one top notch lawyer, we finally had proper paperwork and became unblocked.

We went to Port au Prince in March to the Visa Application Centre and applied for a Visitor’s Visa so I could take Ti Luc to Canada with me. ¬†I thought I had all my ducks in a row so to speak and could see no way that I, a Canadian, applying for a visa for my legally adopted son would be refused. ¬†Well, I was refused a visa for Ti Luc. ¬†I was shocked and sad but not being a quitter I decided to start from scratch again, see what I might have missed when I applied and reapply. ¬†I gathered up a lot of extra paperwork which included letters of invitation from 8 people in Canada inviting Ti Luc to come visit this summer and paperwork showing I have been with HATS in Haiti for 20 years.

Today we went to Port au Prince for two reasons:

  1. To go to the Visa Application Office to apply once again for a visitor’s visa so Ti Luc can accompany me to Canada this summer.
  2. To go to the Embassy with the paperwork for Part 2 of Canadian citizenship for Ti Luc.

I felt strongly led to go to the Embassy first and drop off the paperwork for citizenship.  I was not sure of the procedure but I asked for someone to look over the papers while I was there in case something was missing.  Thankfully they had me see someone there who did just that.  She said I needed copies of two more pieces of adoption paperwork and asked if I had any proof of my being here 20 years as this would mean we could dispense with the need of another piece of paperwork.  I explained I had these necessary papers with me today but in another envelope as they were meant for the Visa Application Centre and were needed there.

Ti Luc’s passport

 

Ti Luc has had this since Oct 2013

Then what I consider a miracle happened.  In the space of a total of four hours from the time I walked into the Embassy, with the help of a very nice Embassy staff member that I will never forget, my paperwork for citizenship was accepted and I walked out of the Embassy with a visa in hand for my darling boy as well.  No need to go anywhere else.

Thank you God. Today we were given a visa

I was thrilled and so very very thankful. ¬†Luckner too was extremely pleased and thankful. ¬†Ti Luc and the other kids, as well as Germaine, and two housemothers on duty were given the good news when I arrived home and all were thrilled. ¬†Ti Luc danced and yelled in joy. ¬†He said “Now Mama you really will take me to Canada and not just promise”.

My happy boy dancing

When we were alone before bed he asked for chalk. ¬†He took his blackboard for his school work, and with his feet, as he always writes everything, he wrote a message “Ti Luc gen visa – Ti Luc has a visa” ¬†He put a smiley face on it and signed his name. ¬†Then quietly asked me to take a photo and send to his Canadian family so they will know he is coming to see them this summer.

Thank you God. Today we were given a visa

Thank you God.  Thank you Luckner.  Thank you family.  Thank you to everyone else for the many prayers on our behalf over the years that this has taken, thank you for your encouragement and for your friendship.  We could not have done it without you.

I would like to encourage those of you who are going through an adoption process in Haiti. Things do not happen quickly or easily here.  Keep on believing and keep on praying.  God will see you through.

With love,
~Karen and Ti Luc