Special Fingerprint Instructions for Form I-600, "Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative (Orphan Petition)," and Form I-600A, "Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition (Advance Processing Application)"
Immigration regulations require that prospective adoptive parents and all additional adult (18 years of age or older) members of the prospective adoptive parents’ household provide fingerprints to USCIS for completion of FBI background checks. These background checks are one of the primary tools used by USCIS to determine the ability of prospective adoptive parents to provide a proper home environment for an orphan and their suitability as parents.
Prospective adoptive parents filing Orphan Petitions and Advance Processing Applications on or after March 29, 1998, must comply with the following instructions:
Last Reviewed/Updated: 01/20/2011