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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 request that USCIS classify an orphan as an immediate relative. The U.S. citizen adoptive parent or legal custodian files the petition to finalize the immigration process of a child who is not habitually resident in a Hague Convention country.

What This Form Can Help You Do

Forms and Document Downloads

Form Details

Edition Date

12/21/19. Starting June 18 2021, we will only accept the 12/21/19 edition. Until then, you can use the 12/23/16 edition. 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 Form I-600 filing instructions for information on where to file.

Filing Tips for Form I-600

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

  • Part 1 – Information About You (Petitioner)
    • Family Name
    • U.S. Mailing Address
  • Part 6 – Petitioner’s Statement, Certification, Duty of Disclosure, and Signature 
    • Petitioner’s Signature
  • Part 7 – Your Spouse’s Statement, Certification, Duty of Disclosure, and Signature
    • Spouse’s Signature
  • If you do not submit all 17pages of your application

Filing Tips: Go to our Form Filing Tips page for information on how to help ensure we will accept your form.

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

Filing Fee
$775.

There is no filing fee for Form I-600A/I-600 Supplement 1 or Supplement 2.

A biometric services fee of $85 per individual is required for the petitioner, their spouse, and 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. If you reside abroad, we will inform you if you must pay a USCIS biometric services fee. 

Fees depend on if you have filed a suitability application and how many children you will be adopting. The below table outlines when fees are required.

If your Form I-600A:And you petition for:Then a fee is:
Has been approved or is pendingOne child or siblingsNot required
Has been approved or is pendingTwo or more non-sibling children or unrelated sibling groups
  • Not required for the first child/related sibling group
  • Required for each additional non-sibling child or unrelated sibling group*
Has not been filedOne child or siblings
  • Required for one child.  
  • Not required for the related siblings.
Has not been filedTwo or more non-sibling children or unrelated sibling groupsRequired for each non-sibling child or unrelated sibling group*

*After filing your no-fee petition(s), you must submit a fee for each additional Form I-600 petition even if you do not submit the petitions at the same time (unless you are filing an additional Form I-600 for a birth sibling of the original beneficiary). If you withdraw your first Form I-600, you must pay a filing fee for an additional Form I-600. However, if you file a new Form I-600A, you are eligible to file a new Form I-600 without paying a 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.

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; and
  • 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); and 
  • A home study with original signature(s).

You will need to file Form I-864 (or Form I-864EZ) with your visa application to the U.S. Department of State if your child will not automatically acquire U.S. citizenship under INA section 320 after being admitted into the United States. You will need to file Form I-864W (instead of Form I-864 or Form I-864EZ) if your child will automatically acquire U.S. citizenship under INA section 320 after being admitted into the United States.

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. Please visit our webpages on Suitability and Home Study Information and the Universal Accreditation Act (UAA) for more information.

You must complete Form I-600A/Form I-600, Supplement 1, Listing of Adult Member of the Household (PDF, 414.67 KB), for each adult member of your household. You do not need to complete one for yourself or your spouse (if married).

You may submit a Form I-600A/Form I-600, Supplement 2, Consent to Disclose Information (PDF, 268.69 KB), if you want to give consent for USCIS to disclose information about your case to your primary adoption service provider, home study preparer, or any other individual or entity (other than your attorney or accredited representative). 

Please see the instructions for Form I-600 (PDF, 653.18 KB) for more details.

Taiwan and Ethiopia Adoptions: For information on differences in the process, please see the corresponding link below in the Related Links section .

E-Notification: If you want to receive an email or text message that we have accepted your Form I-600 at a USCIS lockbox facility, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance and clip it to first application in the package.

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