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

Purpose of Form

USCIS uses this form to adjudicate the eligibility and suitability of the applicant(s) who want to adopt a child who habitually resides in a Hague Adoption Convention country.

Number of Pages

Form: 9; instructions: 11; supplement 1: 2; supplement 2: 1; supplement 3: 4.

Edition Date

03/10/17. No previous editions accepted. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Where to File

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
P.O. Box 660087
Dallas, TX 75266

For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: Hague
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business,
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

Filing Tips for Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country
 
Complete all sections of the form. We will reject the form if these fields are missing:

  • Part 1 – Information About You
    • Family Name
    • Home Address

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

Filing Fee

$775. An $85 fee for biometrics is required for the applicant and for a spouse, if any. Additionally, an $85 fee for biometrics is required for each person 18 years of age or older who is living with the applicant.

Form I-800A, Supplement 1 (Listing of Adult Member of the Household) must also be provided for each adult member of the household, excluding the applicant and applicant's spouse.

$385 for Form I-800A, Supplement 3 (Request for Action on Approved Form I-800A), if applicable.

See the form instructions for additional details.

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.

Special Instructions

The Hague Processing Tip Sheet, M-738, provides prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers with helpful tips for preparing the home studies for Hague Convention adoptions.

E-Notification: If you want to receive an e-mail and/or text message that your Form I-800A has been accepted at a USCIS Lockbox facility, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance and clip it to the first page of your application.  Form G-1145 can be downloaded through the link above.

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