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

Purpose of Form

This form is used 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 of the U.S citizen to allow the child to enter the United States. The petition is filed by the U.S. citizen who is adopting the child.

Number of Pages

Form 14; Instructions 14.

Edition Date

12/23/16. Starting 02/21/17, USCIS will only accept the 12/23/16 edition. Until then, you can use previous editions. However, all filings postmarked 12/23/16 or later must include the new fees or we will reject them. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the Form and Instructions.

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.

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
      Or
  • If you do not submit all 14 pages of your application

Sign the form at Part 5, Item Number 3., Petitioner’s Signature. The fillable version of Form I-600 now includes a “Don’t forget to sign!” message and an arrow pointing to the signature box as a reminder for when you print the completed form for mailing. If there is no signature in Part 5 we will reject the form and return it to you.

Filing Fee

The filing fee for Form I-600 is $775, effective 12 a.m. Eastern U.S. time, December 23, 2016, 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 he or she must pay a USCIS biometric services fee.

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 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 Web page 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, 347 KB) for details.

If filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility:

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

The page can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/i-600

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