Each year, U.S. citizens adopt thousands of children from overseas. This is known as an intercountry adoption.
Adopting a child from another country can be a complicated journey, and the information on this site is designed to help you as you move forward.
For USCIS’ policy guidance on adoptions, see Volume 5 of the USCIS Policy Manual.
USCIS is Responsible For:
- Determining the suitability and eligibility of prospective adoptive parents.
- Determining the eligibility of the child to immigrate to the United States.
Before You Start
We play a key role in the intercountry adoption process. If you’re considering adopting a child born abroad, learn more about the adoption process before you get started.
Depending on which adoption process you chose, you may have additional requirements to complete your case.
Immigration Through Adoption
Immigration through adoption (commonly called intercountry adoption), is when you adopt a child born in a different country. Read more about U.S. immigration law and the role we play in the intercountry adoption process.
Bringing Your Internationally Adopted Child to the United States
The type of visa your child may receive will determine what steps you need to take for them to acquire U.S. citizenship.
Adoption rules and procedures can vary greatly by country. Learn more about USCIS country-specific processing
After Your Child Enters the United States
Learn more about documenting or obtaining U.S. citizenship for your child
Suitability and Home Study Information
Home studies helps us determine whether you are suitable and eligible to adopt a child born outside the U.S., based on the criteria that have been established by law.
Adoption Contact Information
Processing and adjudicating intercountry adoption applications and petitions is one of our top priorities. Find out more information on who to contact if you have questions.