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

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.

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Form Details

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.

Dates are listed in mm/dd/yy format.

Where to File

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

Adoption I-800A
P.O. Box 660087
Dallas, TX 75266-0087

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

Attn: Adoption I-800A (Box 660087)
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067-8003

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

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.

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-800A. 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 marriage of you and your spouse (if applicable)
  • Proof you and your spouse terminated all prior marriages (if applicable)
  • Proof of your spouse’s U.S. citizenship or lawful immigration status in the United States (if applicable) 
  • Proof of your spouse’s name, identity, and citizenship, if not a resident of the United States (if applicable)
  • Home study
  • Evidence you have complied with pre-adoption requirements in the state of the child’s proposed residence (if applicable)
Special Instructions

The Hague Processing Tip Sheet, M-738 (PDF, 214.02 KB), 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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