Chapter 4 - Documentation and Evidence
Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Adam Walsh Act)
The officer must carefully evaluate the evidence and adoption order to determine eligibility. The officer should be aware that evidence regarding an adopted child’s birth and parentage may vary with the circumstances and the jurisdiction. For example, some jurisdictions annotate birth certificates issued for adopted children to indicate the adoption, while others do not. Officers should consult on questions of foreign and state laws through appropriate USCIS channels, including with USCIS counsel.
[^ 3] See Adam Walsh Act, Pub. L. 109-248 (PDF) (July 27, 2006). See INA 204(a)(1)(A)(i). See INA 204(a)(1)(B)(i). See INA 101(a)(15)(K). See Volume 6, Immigrants, Part C, Adam Walsh Act [6 USCIS-PM C].
[^ 4] See 8 CFR 103.2. See 8 CFR 204.2(d)(2)(vii) for information regarding primary evidence for an adopted child or son or daughter. See Matter of Cuello (PDF), 20 I&N Dec. 94 (BIA 1989) and Matter of Marquez (PDF), 20 I&N Dec. 160 (BIA 1990). See 8 CFR 204.1(g) for evidence to establish the petitioner’s status as a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.