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I600A: What is an I600A?

Summary: The I600A is one of the keys to your adoption. The official name of the I600A is the “Application For Advance Processing of Orphan Petition”. The form is the key to processing the international adoption and for processing the immigration of the adopted child.

An I600A is the “Application For Advance Processing of Orphan Petition”. This form is required by the BCIS (formerly the INS). This is one of the first forms you will fill out and most likely will begin what is called The Paper Chase.

The form is used by U.S. citizens who are going through the international adoption process but are not trying to adopt a specific and identified child. This form is one of the steps in getting "pre-qualified" to adopt. OK, it may sound like I'm comparing it to getting pre-qualified for a loan, but the I600A is how the governement identifies prospective parents as qualified to continue in the adoption process.

The governement looks at your I600A along with a long list of additional paperwork to identify you as qualified. This isn't a comment on your parenting skills, the I600A is more about your qualifications in the governement's eyes. Your I600A will need to be accompanied by a number of items including:

  • Fingerprints

  • Proof of Citizenship

  • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Divorce Decree or Death Certificate (if applicable)

  • Fees (Currently $525.00 + $75.00 for fingerprints)

Keep in mind that processing your I600A may take as long as 90 days - if everything goes smoothly.

The I600A can be downloaded directly from the governement USCIS web site. USCIS stands for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. This is the departement that issues and reviews the I600A.


Note: Managing the forms, laws and timings required during your adoption can be daunting and can cause lengthy and costly delays. Please consult a reputable and experienced agency for accurate and up-to-date information.

An I600A is the key document to becoming officially "qualified to adopt" in the eyes of the U.S. goverment.

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