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After Approval of Orphan and Hague Application

In most cases, there is a two-step process in completing your adoption case. This varies by which process you choose. 

The Hague Process

After this first-step approval, but prior to filing the petition for your child, things may change in your case.  See the link to the left under “After Approval” for information on:

For more information please visit the Hague Process and Orphan Process pages.

For information on Child Citizenship please visit the Before Your Child Immigrates to the United States page.

The Orphan (Non-Hague) Process

  • If you chose to file Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, and it was approved, you will receive either Form I-171H, Notice of Favorable Determination Concerning Application for Advanced Processing of Orphan Petition or Form I-797, Notice of Action.
  • Notification of the approval will be forwarded to the NVC) which will in turn forward to the Department of State overseas processing post.

After this first-step approval, but prior to filing the petition for your child, things may change in your case.  See the one of the following links for more information:

Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/08/2011