Adoptions from Kyrgyzstan to Begin under Hague Adoption Convention

The Hague Convention entered into force for Kyrgyzstan on November 1. The United States will now process intercountry adoptions from Kyrgyzstan that are initiated under the Convention.

Prospective adoptive parents should work with an accredited adoption service provider (ASP) that is authorized by the Government of Kyrgyzstan to ensure they follow all Convention adoption procedures. These include filing the Form 1-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and, subsequently, Form 1-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative.

To satisfy U.S. immigration requirements, the adoption cannot be finalized until this form has been filed and an Article 5/17 determination has been made by the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek. The Article 5/17 determination must be presented to the Kyrgyz court prior to the approval of a final adoption. Failure to follow these procedures could delay your adoption.

The Department of State will post additional Kyrgyzstan adoption information as it becomes available. Questions may be directed to your ASP or the Office of Children’s Issues at 1-888-407-4747.

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