Whether you and your spouse want to adopt a child from another country or you want to adopt your partner’s child and the child is not a U.S. citizen, it is important to familiarize yourself with various issues related to international adoption, especially when it comes to immigration. You should carefully get ready for the adoption process and make sure you have a clear understanding of different approaches with respect to immigration.
It is important to recognize that while adoption and immigration are separate issues, they are sometimes connected, especially if you want to petition for your stepchild to become a lawful permanent resident.
Immigration options and international adoption
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the stepchild of a U.S. citizen could have the ability to immigrate to the U.S. If a stepparent is a lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen, they can file a petition for their stepchild to immigrate to the U.S. if they married the stepchild’s birth parent while the child was under the age of 18. If your stepchild lives in the U.S., they could have the ability to adjust their status or secure residency. If your stepchild lives in another country, you could have the ability to help them secure a visa to enter the U.S.
Preparing for the adoption process
Adoption can offer a number of benefits, bringing families closer together and helping people realize their dreams. However, the adoption process can lead to certain concerns, confusion and costs, especially when it involves a child who is not a U.S. citizen. If you are considering international adoption, make sure you thoroughly examine all of the options that you have and take a careful approach to your case.