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Extension and Validity Periods

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.

Orphan Adoption Process

Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition

 

Initial Approval

Approval Extension

Initial Approval Expires:

18 months from the date of approval


Example:

If we approved your Form I-600A Jan. 1, 2019, the approval would expire July 1, 2020.

How to Request an Extension:

  • Submit the following to the USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC) before your Form I-600A approval expires, but no earlier than 90 days before it expires:
    • A written request;
    • Your updated home study;
    • Your original home study; and
    • Any other home study updates.
  • There are no fees for an extension, or for your first biometrics update request.
  • When possible, we will use the biometrics we collected with your initial Form I-600A when we update your biometrics.
  • If we approve your extension, you will receive an approval notice.
  • You may only request one extension. If you wish to have additional validity time after your first extension expires, you must file a new Form I-600A with filing and biometrics fees and an updated home study.
  • If you do not request an extension before your Form I-600A approval expires, you must file a new Form I-600A with fee or a Form I-600 concurrent (or combination) filing if you wish to continue with the orphan adoption process.

See the Form I-600A instructions for more information.

 

Extension Expires:

18 months from the expiration date of the original Form I-600A.

Example:

If your Form I-600A was first approved Jan. 1, 2019, and you received an extension beginning July 1, 2020, your extension would expire Jan. 1, 2022.

How to Request a One-Time Biometrics Reuse:

  • Submit your request to: nbc.adoptions@uscis.dhs.gov.

 

Hague Adoption Process

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

 

Initial Approval

Approval Extension

Initial Approval Expires:

15 months from the date of the fingerprint results

Example:

If the date of your fingerprint results was Jan. 1, 2019, and we approved your Form I-800A March 1, 2019, your approval would expire April 1, 2020.

How to Request Extensions:

  • You must file Form I-800A, Supplement 3 with an updated home study before your Form I-800A approval expires, but no earlier than 90 days before it expires.
  • There are no fees for your first extension. Each additional extension requires filing and biometrics fees.
  • When possible, we will use the biometrics we collected with your initial Form I-800A when we extend your Form I-800A approval.
  • If we approve your extension, you will receive an approval notice.
  • If you do not request an extension before your Form I-800A approval expires, you must file a new Form I-800A application with fee if you wish to continue with the Hague adoption process.

See the Form I-800A instructions for more information.

Extension Expiration:

15 months from the date of the updated fingerprint results.

Example:

  • If the date of your updated fingerprint results was April 1, 2020, and we approved your extension April 20, 2020, your extension would expire July 1, 2021.

 

 

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