In an effort to keep the USCIS website current, the archive contains content that is five years and older or otherwise outdated.
USCIS Announces Changes to Guatemala Adoptions
Certification of compliance with the Hague Adoption Convention and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA) is required under the new procedures for Hague Convention adoptee cases. In light of the inability to complete the immigration process, prospective adoptive parents are strongly urged not to file Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, identifying
The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) entered into force with respect to the
Non-Hague Convention (orphan) adoption cases are processed on USCIS Forms I-600A,Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition,and I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative. If a Form I-600A or Form I-600 was filed prior to April 1, 2008, the case may continue to be processed under
Some Convention countries may require that adoptions in progress on April 1, 2008 proceed under the rules of
USCIS will promptly advise the public when it is able to commence processing of new Hague Convention adoptions in
Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/01/2008