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Change of Country

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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