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DOS Intercountry Adoption Proposed Rule
Posted on 19 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 225 / Friday, November 20, 2020 "The Department of State (the Department) is proposing revisions to the Code of Federal Regulations to amend requirements for accreditation and authorization by the United States to... Read More

DOS on Intercountry Adoptions by Non-U.S. Citizens Living in the United States
Posted on 15 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Jan. 14, 2020 "The Department has received a number of inquiries from adoption service providers (ASPs) to clarify whether non-U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) living in the United States need an accredited or approved ASP... Read More

AP Investigation: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption
Posted on 10 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Garance Burke, Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, Oct. 9, 2018 - "Federal officials insist they are reuniting families and will continue to do so. But an Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records and... Read More

Advance Copy of State Department Intercountry Adoptions Proposed Rule
Posted on 7 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 09/08/2016 - "The Department of State (the Department) proposes to amend requirements for accreditation of agencies and approval of persons to provide adoption services in intercountry... Read More

DOJ Charges Visa Fraud in Ethiopian Adoptions
Posted on 12 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Four current and former employees of International Adoption Guides Inc. (IAG), an adoption services provider, have been indicted by a grand jury in South Carolina for allegedly conspiring to defraud the United States in connection with IAG’s... Read More

USCIS Liberalizes Criteria for Determining Habitual Residence in Some Hague Convention Adoption Cases
Posted on 14 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

USCIS Russian Adoptions Engagement on Thursday, October 18, 2012
Posted on 16 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Adoption snafu threatens 24-year-old with deportation
Posted on 31 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"To understand why the Liebers are in this predicament, you have to go back to Adam’s birth. His mother said she adopted him when he was just 11-months-old. Her father made the arrangements, adopting Adam from the Phillipines. Adam Lieber... Read More

Hundreds of Immigrants Fell for Adoption-for-Citizenship Scam
Posted on 15 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stephen Magagnini, Sacramento Bee, May 14, 2017 - "Many of Helaman Hansen’s hundreds of victims first heard about his citizenship-through-adoption scheme in their neighborhood churches. The 64-year-old Elk Grove businessman or his surrogates... Read More

On Father's Day, Visa Laws Block Family Reunification
Posted on 17 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Jhan Jensen’s fingers barely graze the screen of the iPad. It’s the closest he can get to his 14-month-old daughter. For more than 11 months, these once-a-week video conferences are sources of joy and pain. She has taken her first steps... Read More

USCIS Unable to Approve I-800 Petitions to Adopt Children from Cambodia
Posted on 4 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Advance copy of DOS interim final rule: adoptions
Posted on 31 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This rule amends the Department of State’s regulations relating to adoptions in countries party to The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, to include new adoption provisions... Read More

DOS Interim Final Rule: Adoptions
Posted on 1 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This rule amends the Department of State’s regulations relating to adoptions in countries party to The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, to include new adoption provisions... Read More

DOS Final Rule: International Adoption Simplification Act
Posted on 3 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This rule amends the Department of State’s regulations relating to adoptions in countries party to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption to include a new adoption provision... Read More

USCIS Interim Memo for Comment: Guidance for Determining if an Adoption is Valid for INA Purposes
Posted on 20 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS Interim Memo for Comment: Guidance for Determining if an Adoption is Valid for INA Purposes USCIS, July 9, 2012 Posted: 07-18-2012 Comment period ends: 07-31-2012 This memo is in effect until further notice. Read More