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

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 who plan to adopt an orphan from a non-Hague Convention country use this form to request that USCIS determine their suitability and eligibility as prospective adoptive parents.

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-600A filing instructions for information on where to file. 

Filing Tips for Form I-600A

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

  • Part 1 – Information About You (Applicant)
    • Family Name
    • U.S. Mailing Address
  • Part 5 – Applicant’s Statement, Certification, Duty of Disclosure, and Signature 
    • Applicant’s Signature
  • Part 6– Your Spouse’s Statement, Certification, Duty of Disclosure, and Signature 
    • Spouse’s Signature

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

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 applicant, their spouse, and each adult member of the household. If you reside abroad, we will inform you if you 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.

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-600A. 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 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 all prior marriages (if applicable);
  • Proof you have complied with pre-adoption requirements in the state of the child’s proposed residence (if applicable); and 
  • A home study with original signature(s). (You have one year from the date you file your Form I-600A application to submit this.)
Special Instructions

If you do not submit a home study with original signature(s) with your Form I-600A application, you must do so within one year. 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, 400 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-600A (PDF, 487.82 KB)for more details.

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 the first application in the package.

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