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I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative

Purpose of Form

This form is used to classify an orphan, habitually resident in a non-Hague Convention country, who is or will be adopted by a U.S. citizen as an immediate relative of the U.S citizen to allow the child to enter the United States. The petition is filed by the U.S. citizen who is adopting the child.

Number of Pages

Form 4; Instructions 7.

Edition Date

03/05/13. No previous editions accepted.

Where to File

See the Filing Instructions for Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative for information on where to file.

Filing Fee

The filing fee for Form I-600 is $720. - There is no fee if you are filing based on an approved Form I-600A filed within the previous 18 months. - A biometric services fee of $85 is required for each adult age 18 or older living in the household where the child will reside unless previous fingerprint clearances are still valid or the individuals are eligible for a one-time, no-fee re-fingerprinting. Residents living abroad are exempt from USCIS biometric services fees. - A petitioner filing multiple petitions for orphans who are siblings must pay one set of petition and biometric services fees, if applicable. - A petitioner filing multiple petitions for orphans who are not siblings, must pay the form filing fees for each additional petition; however, only one set of biometric services fees is due if required.

Special Instructions

You must submit a Home Study with original signature(s) with your Form I-600 petition if it was not previously submitted with your Form I-600A application.

  • A Form I-600A/Form I-600, Supplement 1, Listing of Adult Member of the Household, must be completed and submitted for every adult member of the household age 18 and older who lives in the home of the prospective adoptive parent(s) except for the spouse of the applicant/petitioner. If there are multiple adult members of the household, please submit multiple copies of this page.
  • Please see the instructions for Form I-600 for details.

If filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility:

Taiwan and Ethiopia Adoptions: For information on recent changes to the process, please see the corresponding link at the top-right of this page.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/03/2013