Form I-800

After you accept a match with a child, you will apply to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for provisional approval for the child to immigrate to the United States (Form I-800). USCIS will make a provisional determination as to whether the child meets the definition of a Convention Adoptee and will be eligible to enter the United States and reside permanently as an immigrant.

After Form I-800 is provisionally approved by USCIS, the case file is transferred to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi via the U.S. Department of State's National Visa Center, which electronically forwards it to the Embassy. Upon receipt of the file, the Embassy will contact you and your adoption service provider by e-mail to ask you to submit the Electronic Immigrant Visa Application (DS-260). To complete the DS-260 online you will need to enter the Case Number and Invoice ID Number on the DS-260 login page. You may contact the National Visa Center (NVC) by e-mail at, or call 1-603-334-0700, to obtain the invoice ID Number. The Embassy will ask you or your adoption service provider to send a scanned copy of a color photo of your child and a scanned copy of the DS-260 confirmation page to Once the Consular Officer receives the visa application, the officer reviews the Form I-800 and the visa application for possible visa ineligibilities. If the Consular Officer determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States, the Embassy will issue the Article 5 letter. The original Article 5 letter will be mailed to CARA and a scanned copy will be sent by e-mail to you or your adoption service provider.

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