More progress!!! Our agency just contacted us to let us know that our dossier would be most likely sent to Uralsk (pronounced "Oral") in north-west Kazakhstan, near the Russian border and close to the Caspian Sea. It is actually situated in Europe, but a bridge dividing the city takes you into Asia. We're pretty excited... sounds like things are moving along. We'll post additional information once we received it.
If you want to learn more about the city, check it out on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral,_Kazakhstan