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Immigration Related Adoption

The complexities of adoption almost always require an attorney with experience in adoption as it related to adopting an immigrant child. Konsta Law Firm, LLC., can helped navigate through this process.

Immigration through adoption refers to the adoption of a child born in one country by an adoptive parent living in another country. United States immigration law provides three different processes through which someone may immigrate on the basis of a so-called 'intercountry adoption'. An individual may immigrate under one of these provisions only if the individual’s adoption meets all the requirements of that specific process. 

Two separate processes apply only to children adopted by U.S. citizens. The child may immigrate immediately after the adoption or may immigrate to the U.S. to be adopted here.

  • The Hague Process: if the child habitually resides in a country that is a party to the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention.
  • The Orphan Process: (non-Hague): if The Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention does not apply.

Another process applies to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who may petition for his or her adoptive child through an Immediate Relative Petition.