Today, many families are choosing to adopt children born outside of the
United States. While rewarding, this process can become extremely complex,
as parents are required to understand the legal process for both the United
States and the country where they plan to adopt their child. Let the experienced,
passionate attorneys at the
Law Office of Matthew Archambeault guide you through the immigration process after adopting your foreign
son or daughter. At our firm, we are committed to helping you overcome
the obstacles standing in the way of meeting your legal goals.
Qualifications for Immigration through Adoption
Parents who reside in the U.S. looking to immigrate their children through
adoption must meet the following requirements
- Adoption must be finalized before the child is 16.
- Parents cannot petition for immigration until their child has resided with
them for two years.
- Parents cannot petition for immigration until they have had legal custody
for two years.
Immigration through adoption can take place through either The Hague Process
or the Orphan process. The Hague adoption convention is an international
treaty that provides safeguards to protect all parties involved in intercountry
adoptions. Countries who have signed the treaty must have a central authority
in place to ensure the adoption process is safeguarded. Children who are
adopted through Hague adoptions must enter the United States with an I-H3
or 1-H4 visa. Because Hague certified adoption agencies are prohibited
from offering legal guidance or services to prospective parents, we strongly
suggest you hire skilled Philadelphia immigration attorney to assist you
with this process.
The Orphan adoption process is structured differently. Parents considering
adoption through a non-convention adoption agency, are not required to
follow as many rules or meet standard criteria to adopt. Non-convention
agencies are also not required to disclose the children’s medical
history before adopting. Parents adopting children from a non-convention
agency need to apply for an IR-3 visa or an IR-4 visa to bring their new
family members home.
How We Can Help
At Law Office of Matthew Archambeault, we are deeply invested in providing
our clients with top-notch immigration services. With over a decade of
experience handling immigration cases, you can rest assured our legal
team can help you manage the immigration aspect of your international adoption.
Call to get started today! (215) 649-7535