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Adoption FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


What kind of information about the child will I need to provide to the USCIS?

You must provide:

  • The child’s birth certificate or, if the certificate is unavailable, evidence of the child’s age and identity
  • Proof that the child is an orphan as defined by the INA
  • A final decree of adoption, if applicable
  • Proof of legal custody of the child for emigration and adoption, if applicable and
  • Proof of compliance with pre-adoption requirements, if applicable

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Can I adopt a foreign born orphan and bring that orphan to the U.S. without involving the USCIS?

No, there is no way an orphan can legally immigrate to the U.S. without the USCIS processing.


Can I adopt a child from any country in the world?

No, some countries do not permit adoption and will grant legal custody only so long as the applicant for custody resides in that country. This is often true in countries that apply Islamic law. Children from such countries do not qualify for immigrant status in the U.S.

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