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I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country

Purpose of Form

For adjudicating the eligibility and suitability of the applicant(s) to adopt a child who habitually resides in a Hague Adoption Convention country.

Number of Pages

Form: 9; Instructions: 11; Supplement 1: 2; Supplement 2: 1; Supplement 3: 4.

Edition Date

11/23/10; (04/16/09; 09/10/09; 02/25/08 editions also accepted)

Where to File

Regular Mail:

USCIS
P.O. Box 660087
Dallas, TX 75266

Express Mail and Courier Service deliveries:

USCIS
ATTN: Hague
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business,
Suite 400,
Lewisville, TX 75067

E-Notification: If you want to receive an e-mail and/or text message that your Form I-800A has been accepted at a USCIS Lockbox facility, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance and clip it to the first page of your application.  Form G-1145 can be downloaded through the link above.

Filing Fee

$720. (An $85 fee for biometrics is required for the applicant - and spouse, if any. Additionally, an $85 fee for biometrics is required for each person 18 years of age or older who is living with the applicant. See form instructions for additional details.)

Special Instructions

The Hague Processing Tip Sheet, M-738, provides prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers with helpful tips for preparing the home studies for Hague Convention adoptions.

Do not send Change of Address Requests to a USCIS Lockbox facility.

Notes on fees:

  • An $85 fee for biometrics is required for the applicant (and spouse, if any).
  • Additionally, an $85 fee for biometrics is required for each person 18 years of age or older who is living with the applicant.
  • Form I-800A, Supplement 1 (Listing of Adult Member of the Household) must also be provided for each adult member of the household, excluding the applicant and applicant's spouse.
  • $360 for Form I-800A, Supplement 3 (Request for Action on Approved Form I-800A), if applicable.

This page can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/i-800a

Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/29/2011