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Each year, thousands of U.S. citizens adopt children from overseas. This is known as an intercountry adoption.

Adopting a child from another country is often a complicated journey. We will define the process and provide information to help you make informed decisions for you and your family.

USCIS is Responsible For:

  • Determining the eligibility and suitability of the Prospective Adoptive Parents (individuals) looking to adopt.

  • Determining the eligibility of the child to immigrate to the United States.

Which Process is For You?

There are three processes for adopting a child internationally.

Two separate processes apply only to children adopted by U.S. citizens. Depending on what country you choose to adopt from will determine which process you will adopt by.

Another process applies to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who may petition for his/her adoptive child through an Immediate Relative Petition.

For more information on immigration through adoption see the links to the left.

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Last updated: 12/16/2011