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I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative

Alert: On Sept. 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Immigration Legal Resource Center et al., v. Wolf, et al., 20-cv-05883-JWS, preliminarily enjoined DHS from implementing or enforcing any part of the USCIS Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements rule.

While the rule is preliminarily enjoined, we will continue to:

  • Accept USCIS forms with the current editions and current fees; and
  • Use the regulations and guidance currently in place to adjudicate applications and petitions. This includes accepting and adjudicating fee waiver requests as provided under Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 10.9 (PDF, 2.87 MB) and 10.10 (PDF, 2.87 MB).

For more information, please refer to the Federal Register Notice, dated Jan. 29, 2021.

U.S. citizens use this form to classify an orphan, habitually resident in a non-Hague Convention country, who is or will be adopted by a U.S. citizen, as an immediate relative to allow the child to enter the United States.

What This Form Can Help You Do

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Form Details

Edition Date

12/23/16. We will publish a new edition of this form soon. In the meantime, you may continue using the 12/23/16 edition despite the expiration date. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Dates are listed in mm/dd/yy format.

Where to File

See the Filing Instructions for Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative for information on where to file.  If you file at a Lockbox, read our filing tips.

Filing Tips for Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative

Complete all sections of the form. We will reject the form if these fields are missing:

  • Part 1 – Information About You (Petitioner)
    • Family Name
    • U.S. Mailing Address
  • Part 5 – Petitioner’s Statement, Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature
    • Petitioner’s Signature
  • Part 6– Petitioner’s Duty of Disclosure
    • Petitioner’s Signature
  • Part 7– Your Spouse’s Statement, Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature
    • Spouse’s Signature
  • Part 8– Your Spouse’s Duty of Disclosure
    • Your Spouse’s Signature
  • If you do not submit all 14 pages of your application

Don’t forget to sign your form! We will reject any unsigned form.

Filing Fee

The filing fee for Form I-600 is $775, for each petition, unless the children are birth siblings. There is no fee if you are filing based on an approved Form I-600A that is still valid or a pending Form I-600A.

A biometric services fee of $85 is required for each adult member of the household, unless previous fingerprint clearances are still valid or the individuals are eligible for a one-time, no-fee re-fingerprinting. USCIS will inform a person residing abroad if they must pay a USCIS biometric services fee.  

You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check.  When filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please note that service centers are not able to process credit card payments.

When you send a payment, you agree to pay for a government service. Filing and biometric service fees are final and non-refundable, regardless of any action we take on your application, petition, or request, or if you withdraw your request. 

Checklist of Required Initial Evidence (for informational purposes only)

Please do not submit this checklist with your Form I-600. It is an optional tool to use as you prepare your form, but does not replace statutory, regulatory, and form instruction requirements. We recommend that you review these requirements before completing and submitting your form. Do not send original documents unless specifically requested in the form instructions or applicable regulations.

If you submit any documents (copies or original documents, if requested) in a foreign language, you must include a full English translation along with a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate, and that they are competent to translate from the foreign language to English.

Did you provide the following?

  • Proof of your Form I-600A approval (if applicable)
  • Proof of the child’s age and identity
  • Evidence the child is an orphan as defined in INA § 101(b)(1)(F) and 8 CFR 204.3(b)
  • Copies of the death certificates of child’s prior legal parents (if applicable)
  • Certified copy of adoption or custody decree and certified translation
  • Proof you have complied with pre-adoption requirements in the state of the child’s proposed residence (if applicable)

If you are filing a concurrent Form I-600, did you also provide the following?

  • Proof of your U.S. citizenship
  • Proof of your spouse’s name, identity, and citizenship, if not a resident of the United States (if applicable)
  • A copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Proof you and your spouse terminated any previous marriages (if applicable) 
  • Home study
Special Instructions

You must submit a home study with original signature(s) with your Form I-600 petition if you did not previously submit one with your Form I-600A application.

Form M-760, Orphan Home Study Tip Sheet (PDF, 43.17 KB), provides prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers with helpful tips for preparing home studies for orphan adoptions that are not subject to the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (UAA). Form M-738, Hague Processing Tip Sheet (PDF, 184 KB), provides helpful tips for preparing home studies for orphan adoptions that need to comply with the UAA. Please visit our webpage on the Universal Accreditation Act for more information.

  • You must complete Form I-600A/Form I-600, Supplement 1, Listing of Adult Member of the Household, for each adult member of your household. You do not need to complete one for yourself or your spouse (if married).
  • Please see the instructions for Form I-600 (PDF, 338.25 KB) for details.

Taiwan and Ethiopia Adoptions: For information on recent changes to the process, please see the corresponding link at the top-right of this page.

E-Notification: If you want to receive an e-Notification when your Form I-600 has been accepted, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance and clip it to first application in the package.

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