Families wishing to adopt from another country must petition the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services for an entry visa for the child to enter the country. Adoption alone does not grant families the right to bring a child into the U.S.
A special provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act, called the "Eligible Orphans Act," permits visas for children. Children, through this act enter the country on an orphan petition. Once all the necessary paperwork has been submitted and approved, the visa is granted by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Visa petitions are filed with the Immigration Office (I600A Form). After they are granted, they are cabled to the U.S. Consulate Office or Embassy in the child's country of residence.
- The BCIS National Customer Service number is 800-375-5283
- The BCIS web site is http://www.uscis.gov/
- To call about the fingerprint process, 800-775-5283
- To call for any BCIS form, 800-870-3676