Exception to the Two Year Custody and Two Year Residency Requirement for Abused Adopted Children

This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers in adjudicating Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er) or Special Immigrant, filed by a self-petitioning adopted child, when the adopted child has been battered or abused. Please click the attachment for more information on the memorandum

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USCIS FAQ: Adoptions from Vietnam to the United States Will Not Resume Without A New Bilateral Agreement

The bilateral adoption agreement between the United States and Vietnamexpired on Sept. 1, 2008.  Both nations have agreed to cease processing new adoption cases until the United States and Vietnamsign a new bilateral agreement.

Question:   Now that Sept. 1 has passed, what is the status of adoptions from Vietnam?

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Guestbook Entry for Manoj Rajgarhia, United States

Manoj Rajgarhia
NY - New York
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Rajiv was a pleasure to speak with. His advice was genuine and he was very proactive. It was refreshing to speak with a lawyer who is a true professional and very considerate about his client’s situation. Thank you for your help…

USCIS Unable to Resume Processing Adoptions from Fiji

On August 1, 2012, Fiji joined the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). However, the Department of State (State) has determined that Fiji does not yet have a fully functional convention process in place. State consular officers cannot certify that adoption decrees or custody orders obtained in Fiji for a child who is a resident of Fiji have been issued in compliance with the Hague Adoption Convention. Without this certification, U.S.

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USCIS Unable to Approve I-800 or I-800A Petitions to Adopt Children from Cambodia

The Cambodian government has indicated that it intends to begin accepting intercountry adoption petitions on Jan. 1, 2013. Cambodia joined the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Hague Adoption Convention) on Aug. 1, 2007.

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