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USCIS issues new standards for adoption from Hague Convention countries.

  1. Date Announced

    Nov. 20, 2017

    PM 602-0095 sets forth when USCIS can find that the Hague Adoption Convention does not apply to the adoption in the United States of a child whose Country of Origin (COO) is another Hague Adoption Convention country. USCIS maintains that it is a competent authority to make a factual determination of habitual residence when a child is present in the United States and under certain circumstances USCIS may determine a child living in the United States is habitually resident in the United States. [ID #701]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Nov. 20, 2017
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: USCIS Bureau of Consular Affairs

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