Many people in the United States are inspired to grow their families through international adoption. If you have decided this is the right approach for you, it is important to understand how immigration laws can impact your adoption process.
When your family is adding a new member, you should be focused on this exciting time in your life and on the needs of the new child—not on dealing with immigration issues. Place your trust in a Maryland immigration lawyer who can provide you with the help you need throughout the immigration process. Miranda & Weisman is here to assist you in helping your new son or daughter to become a U.S. citizen as you help your child adjust to life in a wonderful new home.
United States immigration laws have different processes for inter-country adoption depending on where the adopted child is coming from. If a U.S. citizen adopts a child from a country that is party to the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention, different rules apply than if your child is in a non-Hague Country.
Any country that is a part of the Hague Convention must have a Central Authority designated to safeguard the adoption process. In the U.S., it is the Department of State (DOS) that fills this rule. Adoptions must also be conducted through accredited adoption service providers (ASPs) and adoption providers are not allowed to provide legal services or advice to adoptive parents. Only a Maryland immigration lawyer can provide you with advance and representation throughout the formal process of helping your child to become a U.S. citizen.
The required process for an adoption under the Hague rules includes a home study by an authorized party; an application to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) prior to adopting a child; and finding a placement after USCIS has approved the application. Once you have found a child, you will need to file another petition with USCIS in order for the child to be found eligible to immigrate. You next must adopt the child; obtain an immigrant visa; and bring the child to the U.S. on the visa.
For children from countries not covered by the Hague Convention, the orphan process applies instead. This process involves proving you can prove proper parental control, and establishing that the child is an orphan as defined by U.S. law. One or both spouses must travel abroad and see the child during the adoption process or the child must be adopted after arriving in the United States.
Both the orphan and Hague processes have myriad requirements and it is too important to take a chance on not fulfilling them correctly. To ensure your adoption goes as planned always consult with a Maryland immigration lawyer for assistance.
Adoption is a loving and wonderful thing to do and your family deserves the very best start. Miranda & Weisman will represent you during the immigration process to maximize the chance that everything will go smoothly and your child will quickly be granted the desired immigration status. Call today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn more about immigration and international adoption: 410-321-4994