The initial group of adoptive families have met the judges of the family court on May 31st. This initial meeting of the adoptive families by the judges is to personally verify the families through the interviews and checking all the paper works. The judges have taken approximately 20 minutes per family as they processed through one family after another.
The judges usually do not grant the approval on the first meeting (there have been some exceptions), and it will take anywhere from 1 - 3 days for judges to grant approval for adoption. From this day, the 14-day waiting period begins. Some couples have chosen to go back to the home country and return once the waiting period was over, and some have opted to stay in Korea the whole time.
In addition to the May 31st group, there are other groups scheduled for 6/4, 6/14, 6/19, and 6/28. I understand that all the groups that are being processed in June are the remaining EPs from the year 2012. It is expected that by the end of June all the EPs from 2012 will be processed by the family court, and the last expected date for families to pick up their children would be around July 15th after the waiting period ends.
It does begin to look like the family court is slowly getting used to the process. The only challenge is how the four judges can process the quota of 743 set for the year 2013. I expect that some of the EPs from 2013 may flow over to the year 2014, but I'm hopeful just a few will overflow if it does.
There is still some chances that the judges may not summon some of the families, thus the children will be issued IR-4 visas. The Child Citizenship Act (CCA) of 2000 allows children that have been adopted through IR-4 visas would get automatic citizenship once finalized in the US, which normally takes around six months. In this way, there is no issue of any adoptees will be deported in the future. Since the CCA of 2000, all the adoption agencies in the US report that every single one of their children processed have gone through adoption finalization, thus no concern for any deportation in the future is expected.