The Hague Process
If a child lives in a country that is party to the Hague Intercounty Adoption convention, and is under the age of 16, they may be able to immigrate through this process. In order to petition for your child, there are several requirements to be eligible to file form I-800A with USCIS. Some of those requirements are:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Habitually reside in the United States
- If you are married, your spouse must also sign your Form I-800A and intend to adopt any child whom you adopt
- If you are not married, you must be at least 24 years of age when you file your Form I-800A, and you must be 25 years of age when you file your Form I-800
For more information about the Hague Process, visit https://www.uscis.gov/adoption/immigration-through-adoption/hague-process
For the full list of 70 countries currently participating in the Hague Process, visit http://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en.html
The Orphan Process
- You Are a U.S. citizen.
- If you are married, your spouse must also sign Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative and must also adopt the child
- You establish that you will provide proper parental care to the child
- You establish that the child whom you have adopted or plan to adopt is an “orphan” as defined in U.S. immigration law
- You establish that either: You (and your spouse, if married) have adopted the child abroad, and that at least one of you personally saw and observed the child before or during the adoption proceedings
- You will adopt the child in the United States after the child arrives in the United States (you must have permission to bring the child out of his or her own country and to the United States for adoption)
There are other ways of adopting foreign born children under U.S. Immigration law. To speak with an experienced Adoption Attorney who can navigate your family through the process, call the Florida Immigration Law Counsel at 1-800-666-4996 today.