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USCIS Unable to Resume Processing Adoptions from Vietnam

Released Feb. 2, 2011: Intercountry Adoptions Under the Hague Adoption Convention WASHINGTON – "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it cannot approve a Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative , filed on behalf of a...

USCIS Russian Adoptions Engagement on Thursday, October 18, 2012

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent this bulletin at 10/16/2012 10:22 AM EDT Dear Stakeholder, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (State) invite interested parties to participate in a stakeholder engagement concerning the U.S.-Russian...

USCIS Intercountry Adoption Memo

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance in two distinct areas pertaining to suitability determinations in intercountry adoption cases: 1. Jurisdiction over the suitability determination when an approved Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, expires, but a...

USCIS Policy Memo: Guidance for Determining if an Adoption is Valid for Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Purposes

"This policy memorandum (PM) amends the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) to provide guidance on whether an “adoption” is valid for immigration purposes." - USCIS, Nov. 6, 2012 .

USCIS Unable to Approve I-800 Petitions to Adopt Children from Cambodia

USCIS, Jan. 2, 2013 - " The Cambodian government has indicated that it intends to begin accepting intercountry adoption petitions on Jan. 1, 2013. Cambodia joined the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Hague Adoption Convention) on...

Taiwan implements a Pre-Adoption Immigration Review requirement for all adoptions by U.S. citizens of children residing in Taiwan

"In January, the Taiwan Child Welfare Bureau issued an administrative order that requires all adoption cases filed on behalf of U.S. prospective adoptive parents with the Taiwan courts to undergo the U.S. PAIR process. The order applies to all currently licensed Taiwan adoption services providers...

USCIS Liberalizes Criteria for Determining Habitual Residence in Some Hague Convention Adoption Cases

"Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”), there are three ways that adopted children can qualify as the children of a U.S. citizen parent for purposes of acquiring lawful permanent resident status, and generally derivative U.S. citizen status, through that adoptive parent....

Interim USCIS Memo on Adoptions: PM-602-0103, June 30, 2014

Guidance on the Implementation of the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 in Intercountry Adoption Adjudications This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance on the implementation of the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation...