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Thousands of U.S. citizens are reported to adopt children from different country every year. Similarly, many families outside U.S. adopt U.S. children. This intercountry adoption is controlled by the laws of both the countries – the country where the child resides and the country where the adoptive parents reside. In U.S. international child adoption can take place through two processes – the Hague Convention process and the non-Hague Convention process. The process to be adopted is dependent on whether the other country involved is also a part of the Hague Convention.

Intercountry adoption involves two aspects:

  • Adopt a child from a country other than your own through permanent legal means; and
  • Bring that child to your country of residence to live with you permanently.

Intercountry adoption and domestic adoption is similar in nature. Both involve legal transfer from a child’s birth parent(s) or other guardian to new parent(s) of parental rights and responsibilities..

However, what makes the intercountry adoptions different from domestic adoptions are the laws which help to bring the child to reside where you live. Thus, the adopted child must have the same status and relationship to the adoptive parents as a child by birth in order to qualify as an adoption for immigration purposes into the U.S. There are certain countries who describe “adoptions” which fits more accurately to the term “guardianships” under U.S. law. Such “adoptions” are not considered adoptions for U.S. immigration purposes. Although the adoption process may look intimidating, every year many families from U.S. adopt thousands of children who are in need of permanent and loving homes from other countries. To schedule your appointment contact us 201-518-6642201-518-6642201-518-6642 (Jersey City Office) or at 732-750-1269732-750-1269732-750-1269 (Woodbridge Office). You can also email your appointment request to us at For Immigration Matters, we represent clients in all 50 states of the United States.