Intercountry Adoptions: Guatemala
It is important that you keep all USCIS required documents valid during the adoption process. Information on this page applies to all intercountry adoption cases in Guatemala that meet the following criteria:
Please note: No new adoption cases can be initiated in Guatemala at this time. See the U.S. Department of State website for more information.
How long will my documents stay valid?
It is your responsibility to know when your fingerprint clearances and/or Form I-600A approval will expire and to take necessary steps to keep them current.
How can I request an extension of Form I-600A Approval?
Once your Form I-600A is approved, it is valid for 18 months. You may request a one-time, no-fee extension of your Form I-600A approval by sending a written request to the USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC). The request must include:
USCIS must receive your extension request before your Form I-600A approval notice expires, but no earlier than 90 days before your Form I-600A approval expires. Please see the “If…Then” chart below.
Can I file a Form I-600A twice?
Generally, a Form I-600A application may not be filed after April 1, 2008, for the adoption of a child from a Hague Convention country. However, you may be allowed to file a second “grandfathered” Form I-600A application after April 1, 2008 with the fee if:
This will give you more time to complete the process in Guatemala and to submit the Form I-600.
Again, we must receive the properly filed second Form I-600A application before your current extension expires, but no earlier than 90 days before it will expire. If your second Form I-600A is approved, it is valid for 18 months from your previous extension’s expiration date. You may request a one-time, no-fee extension of this “grandfathered” Form I-600A. Please see "Form I-600A If/Then Situations" table below.
Is there a sample timeline for grandfathered Form I-600As?
Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/15/2011