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 14; Instructions 14.
02/01/15; (On March 23, 2015, USCIS will accept only the 02/01/15 edition. USCIS will not accept editions dated 03/05/13 on or after 03/23/15.
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.
The filing fee for Form I-600 is $720 for each petition, unless the children are birth siblings. There is no fee if you are filing based on an approved Form I-600A that is still valid or a pending Form I-600A. - A biometric services fee of $85 is required for each adult member of the household, unless previous fingerprint clearances are still valid or the individuals are eligible for a one-time, no-fee re-fingerprinting. USCIS will inform a person residing abroad if he or she must pay a USCIS biometric services fee.
You must submit a home study with original signature(s) with your Form I-600 petition if you did not previously submit one with your Form I-600A application.
Form M-760, Orphan Home Study Tip Sheet, provides prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers with helpful tips for preparing home studies for orphan adoptions that are not subject to the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (UAA). Form M-738, Hague Processing Tip Sheet, provides helpful tips for preparing home studies for orphan adoptions that need to comply with the UAA. Please visit our Web page on the Universal Accreditation Act for more information.
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.
The page can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/i-600
Last Reviewed/Updated: 02/19/2015