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Adoption FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

33.

What documents do I have to submit with the form if I am filing for a foreign born adopted child who lives in the U.S.?

  • For children who have immigrated to the U.S., parents will not be required to submit any evidence that is already contained in the USCIS file, including translations of documents
  • If your child has immigrated to the U.S. (has a Green Card) after a full and final adoption abroad, you should submit:
    • Photographs of your child
    • Fee
  • If your child has immigrated to the U.S. (has a Green Card) to be adopted or readopted, you must submit:
    • Photographs of your child
    • Fee
    • Evidence of a full final adoption
    • Evidence of all legal name changes (if applicable)

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34.

What documents do I have to submit with the form if I am filing for a child who lives abroad?

If your child has not immigrated to the U.S. (does not have a Green Card), you should submit:

  • Photographs of your child
  • Fee
  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • Your birth certificate or naturalization certificate
  • Your marriage certificate if applicable
  • Evidence of termination of previous marriages if applicable
  • Evidence of a full and final adoption if applicable
  • Evidence of all legal name changes if applicable
  • Form N-600/N-643, Supplement A, Application for Acquisition of Citizenship Through a Grandparent (if applicable)
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