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I am an adoptive parent. How do I petition to bring my son to the U.S.?

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I am an adoptive parent. How do I petition to bring my son to the U.S.?

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  1. Jenny on May 29, 2012 Reply

    Hi Makarim!

    If you are a US citizen, you may file a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with $420 filing fee at the proper USCIS center on behalf of your:

    – adopted unmarried child below 21 years,
    – your adopted unmarried son who is over 21 years,
    – or your adopted married son.

    You must submit together with your petition a copy of your certificate of naturalization if born outside the US, a copy of your birth certificate and US passport, a certified copy of the adoption decree, the legal custody decree when applicable, your adopted son’s birth certificate showing his name, and the proof of custody whenever applicable.

    If you are a US permanent resident, you may submit the same form with the correct filing fee at the proper USCIS center to petition your:

    -unmarried adopted child under 21 years,
    -or your unmarried adopted son over 21 years to immigrate to the US.

    You must include in your petition a copy of your alien registration card and passport, a certified copy of the adoption decree, the child’s birth certificate showing your name and the child’s name, and the legal custody decree if applicable.

    Hope this helps.

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  2. Laura E. on May 31, 2012 Reply

    Hi Makarim!

    If you are a US citizen, you would need to file an I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with the applicable filing fee at the proper USCIS center, on behalf of your:

    – adopted unmarried child under 21 years,
    – your adopted unmarried child who is over 21 years,
    – or your adopted married child.

    Processing time will vary depending on what category he falls into.

    You must submit together with your petition proof of your U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident status and documentation to demonstrate that you are legally the adoptive mother of your son.

    Hope this helps. Should you require further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact our firm to set up a consultation with one (1) of our in-house U.S. attorneys.

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