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Alert: The fee rule (PDF) adjusts the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions, including adoption-related forms. The new rule is effective Oct. 2, 2020. Applications and petitions postmarked on or after Oct. 2, 2020, must include the new, correct fee amount or USCIS will reject the submission.

The fee rule (PDF) also makes several changes to orphan processing. These changes include:

  • Requiring a new Form I-600A/I-600 Supplement 3, Request for Action on Approved Form I-600A/I-600, (with fee, as applicable) for prospective adoptive parents to request extensions, changes in country, and report updates;
  • Shortening the validity period of the suitability approval (Form I-600A or Form I-600 for combination filings) from 18 months to 15 months from the date of the most recent biometrics result for the family; and
  • Allowing for unlimited extensions of Form I-600A approvals (if eligible). 

USCIS will begin accepting the new Form I-600A/I-600 Supplement 3 on Oct. 2, 2020. Until then, USCIS will process suitability-related actions under the current regulations. You may preview the new Form I-600/A Supplement 3 on the USCIS forms page.

You may request a change of country at any time. 

While Form I-600A, Form I-600, or Form I-800A is Pending

While Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition, Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, or Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, is pending:

  • You must notify the USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC) in writing to request a change of country.
  • There is no fee for a change of country before the initial approval of Form I-600A, Form I-600, or Form I-800A.
  • You must submit an updated home study specifying the new country or countries you are recommended to adopt from.
After Approval of Form I-600A or Form I-800A
Change from Orphan to Hague Country, or from Hague to Orphan Country

If you filed Form I-600A and you now wish to pursue an adoption from a country that is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, you must file Form I-800A with fee. Likewise, if you filed Form I-800A and wish to pursue an adoption from a non-Hague country, you must file Form I-600A or Form I-600 concurrent (or combination) filing with fee

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