Advance Processing of Orphan Petitions

Filing a Form I-600/600A

Updated 02 July 2014

Information on inter-country adoptions may be found at the Department of State website and on www.uscis.gov

The London Field Office accepts Forms I-600 Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative and I-600A Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition by mail or on an appointment basis, from U.S. citizens who reside in our jurisdiction (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and who are adopting a child from a non-Hague country.  See below for exceptions.

Orphan Petitions (I-600A)

U.S. citizens contemplating an international adoption should become familiar with the information provided by the Department of State on International Adoptions; and in particular information concerning Hague Adoption Convention. For non-Hague Adoptions, the following guidelines are provided:

Under section 505 of the Inter Country Adoption Act, U.S. law does not require adoptive parents to follow Convention procedures to adopt a child from a Convention country, if the Form I-600A or Form I-600 was filed before the Convention entered into force. If USCIS extends the approval of the Form I-600A that was filed before the Convention enters into force, the prospective adoptive parent(s) will be able to file Form I-600 in behalf of a child from a Convention country, after the Convention enters into force, so long as it is filed before the approval, or extension of approval of Form I-600A expires.

Section 505 is not binding on another Convention country. Although U.S. law may permit you to continue to use the orphan process, because you filed a Form I-600A or Form I-600 before the Convention entered into force, the other Convention country may have its own rules on how to handle these transition cases. If, under the other Convention country’s law, you must follow the Convention process, then you may not be able to adopt a child from that country, unless you follow that country’s process.

Residency Requirement

In order to file Form I-600 or I-600A with the London Field Office, U.S. citizens residing in our jurisdiction (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom) will be required to possess legal residency within our jurisdiction.  The U.S. citizen should provide a valid legal residence stamp from the host country with any petition filed.  If the U.S. citizen is assigned with the U.S. military, a copy of his/her PCS orders assigning them to the host country would be required.

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