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How do I petition for my adoptive parent?

If you are applying to bring your adoptive parent to the U.S. to live, you must file the following with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. If you have been legally adopted, you may not petition for your birth parents.

  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative (if you are filing for both parents, you must file a separate petition for each parent)
  • A copy of your birth certificate showing your name
  • If you were not born in the U.S., a copy of either
  • Your Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship, or
  • Your U.S. passport
  • A certified copy of the adoption decree, showing that the adoption occurred before your 16th birthday
  • A sworn statement showing the dates and places you have lived together with your parent

Note: If anyone’s name has been legally changed (differs from the name on his or her birth certificate), evidence of the name change must be provided.

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