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Child Abuse Registries in Foreign Countries and Geographic Entities

USCIS Lists Foreign Countries and Geographic Entities Having No Available Child Abuse Registries

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reminds customers preparing paperwork for adoptions from Hague Convention countries of the need to check available child abuse registries for potential adoptive parents and other adult household members who have lived in foreign countries. This is a reporting requirement for the home study which must be attached to the Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country.

USCIS, in cooperation with the Department of State, has developed a list of countries and geographic entities confirmed to have no child abuse registry information available. This list contains the most recent information currently available to USCIS, and is subject to change. If a home study preparer finds that a country on this list has established an appropriate registry, he or she must address that information in the home study.

Note: USCIS, in cooperation with the Department of State, is continuing to review whether other countries not on the list below have child abuse registries available.

 

                       COUNTRIES WITH NO CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY

 

Afghanistan

Egypt

Luxembourg

Solomon Islands

Albania

El Salvador

Macau

Somalia

Andorra

Equatorial Guinea

 

Madagascar

South Africa

Angola

Eritrea

Malawi

Spain

Antigua

Estonia

Malaysia

Sri Lanka

Armenia

Ethiopia

Marshall Islands

 

Sudan

Aruba

Federated States of Micronesia

 

 

Mauritania

 

 

Suriname

Australia

Fiji

Mauritius

Sweden

Austria

Finland

Mexico

Switzerland

Bahamas

France

Micronesia

Syria

Bahrain

Gabon

Moldova

Taiwan

Bangladesh

Germany

Mongolia

Tajikistan

Belgium

Ghana

Montenegro

Tanzania

Belize

Greece

Morocco

Thailand

Benin

Guatemala

Namibia

The Gambia

Bolivia

Guinea

Nauru

Timor-Leste

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Guinea-Bissau

 

 

Nepal

 

 

Togo

Brazil

Haiti

Netherlands

Tonga

Bulgaria

Honduras

Nicaragua

Tunisia

Burkina Faso

Hong Kong

 

Niger

 

Turkey

Burma

Hungary

Nigeria

Tuvalu

Burundi

Iceland

Norway

Uganda

Cambodia

India

Oman

Ukraine

Cameroon

Indonesia

Pakistan

United Kingdom

Canada

Iran

Palau

Uruguay

Central African Republic

 

 

Iraq

 

Palestinian Authority

 

 

Uzbekistan

Chad

Israel

Panama

Venezuela

China

Italy

Paraguay

Vietnam

Colombia

Jamaica

Philippines

Yemen

Comoros

Japan

Poland

Zambia

Congo, Democratic Republic of

 

 

Kazakhstan

 

 

Qatar

 

 

Zimbabwe

Congo, Republic of the

 

 

Kenya

 

 

Romania

 

Costa Rica

Korea, North

Russia

 

Cote d'Ivoire

Korea, South

Saint Maarten

 

Cuba

Kosovo

Sao Tome & Principe

 

Curacao

Kyrgyzstan

Saudi Arabia

 

Cyprus

Laos

Senegal

 

Czech Republic

 

Lebanon

 

Serbia

 

Denmark

Lesotho

Singapore

 

Djibouti

Liberia

Slovakia

 

Dominican Republic

 

Lithuania

 

Slovenia

 

 

 

For more information, contact USCIS' National Benefits Center, 1-877-424-8374; or e-mail nbc.hague@dhs.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Last Reviewed/Updated: 08/06/2014