Many have emailed me or commented whether there will be another batch of EP submissions, or when they might be submitted. This in light of all the changes happening in Korea with changes in the adoption laws and the involvement of Family Court to determine the eligibility or qualification of adoptive families that the agencies recommend. The new laws will take effect in August 2012. But I am told that MOHW will continue to give the final EP approval. The adoption process, whether they be domestic or intercountry, is still a work in progress in Korea.
By the way, the March 5th EP requests have not been approved yet as it has not been two weeks. But they are expected to be reviewed and approved soon. The agency I talked with believes that it should take two weeks to approve. The current understanding is that MOHW will continue to accept new batch of EP applications each month.
Typically, the way it works is that MOHW sets the EP quota for the given year. This year's EP approval will be 10% less than that of 2011. The total EP number will be divided by 12 to reach the monthly EP allocation. But because the MOHW did not approve the EPs for the first two months this year, either they have larger batches to approve initially, or divide this year's EP application by the remaining months (10 months) to reach an adjusted number EP. Either way, the MOHW is working to clear all the EPs that are set for this year month-by-month.
If there is other information or changes, I will keep you all posted.
Also, thanks to all the great comments and questions.
I will do my best to serve all of you wonderful folks.