Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS): This federal agency is operated under the United States Department of Justice, and has the responsibility of overseeing the immigration of all foreign-born individuals into the United States, whether they are adults or children. Before a foreign adoption can take place, permission must first be obtained from the INS for the foreign child to be able to lawfully enter the United States for the purpose of being adopted. After this approval has been given and the child has been adopted and brought to the United States under a visa and/or a green card issued by the INS, the adoptive parents can then apply to the INS for the child to become a United States Citizen, just as if the child had been born to the adoptive parents as their biological child.