Do you know there are ways to accomplish United States citizenship by immigration through adoption? At the Law Office of Carmen Di Amore-Siah in Honolulu, HI, experienced attorneys represent U.S. citizens and residents who want to adopt children child born in other countries. Below, one of these compassionate attorneys discusses the three processes the immigration laws allow.
Intercountry Adoptions to Accomplish Immigration
The Hague Process
When U.S. citizens seek to adopt children who spend most of the time living in a country that is a party to the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention, the Hague Process applies. The Department of State (DOS) safeguards the process.
Adoption service providers must be accredited and cannot provide legal services. Experienced immigration lawyers provide legal advice and representation in filing petitions with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which plays an important part in accomplishing the intercountry adoption process.
The Orphan Process
If the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention does not apply, prospective parents who are U.S. citizens can use the Orphan Process. U.S. immigration law defines an orphan as a child born in a foreign country who has lost both parents by disappearance, death, abandonment, or desertion. An alternative definition is that the only or remaining parent cannot care for the child under the local standards of the foreign-sending country, and who permanently released the child for adoption and emigration.
Immediate Relative Petition
The Immediate Relative Petition applies to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who may petition for their adoptive minor or adult children. Adopted children may petition for their parents and siblings. Adopting parents must show proof of a full and final adoption, and meet residence and custody requirements before immigration benefits can apply to the adoption.
Find out which process enables you to accomplish immigration by adoption and get the help you need. Contact the Law Office of Carmen DiAmore-Siah in Honolulu, HI, online to learn more. To schedule a free first consultation to discuss your situation, call (808) 531-2277 now.