Intercountry Adoption From Hague and Non-Hague Convention Countries: Involvement of USCIS
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Involvement of USCIS
USCIS must determine the eligibility and suitability of parents (Form I-800A) before a child is matched with the parents and before a Convention petition (Form I-800) may be filed for a specific child. For more information, visit http://www.uscis.gov/adoption/immigration-through-adoption/hague-process.
To approve Form I-600, USCIS determines whether the child to be adopted is either classified as an orphan or is an eligible biological sibling. Adoption in another country does not guarantee that the child will be able to enter the United States. USCIS also reviews Form I-600A, if submitted.
Prospective parents may also apply for advance processing. For more information, visit http://www.uscis.gov/adoption/immigration-through-adoption/orphan-process.
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Pinderhuges, E., Matthews, J., Deoudes, G., & Pertman, A. (2013). A changing world: Shaping best practices through understanding of the new realities of intercountry adoption. Retrieved from http://adoptioninstitute.org/publications/a-changing-world-shaping-best-practices-through-understanding-of-the-new-realities-of-intercountry-adoption/
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. (2014). Re-homing of adopted children: responsibilities for states and opportunities in the provision of postadoption services. (ACYF-CB-IM-14-02). Retrieved from http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/im1402.pdf
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs. (2013). Convention countries. Retrieved from http://adoption.state.gov/hague_convention/countries.php
A third way to legally bring an adopted child to reside permanently in the United States is the immediate relative process. For more information, visit http://www.uscis.gov/adoption/immigration-through-adoption/other-adoption-related-immigration.