Intercountry Adoption From Hague and Non-Hague Convention Countries: Involvement of the U.S. Department of State
This information was taken directly from Child Welfare Information Gateway
Involvement of the U.S. Department of State
The Department of State issues IH-3 visas for children coming to the United States with full and final adoptions completed abroad and IH-4 visas for children coming to the United States to be adopted.
The Department of State issues IR-3 visas for children coming to the United States with full and final adoptions completed abroad. It issues IR-4 visas for children who are coming to the United States to be adopted, who were adopted abroad by only one parent who is married, or who were not seen by the parent(s) prior to or during the adoption.
Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2012). Finding and using postadoption services. Retrieved from https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_postadoption.cfm
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
2 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.