U.S. holds adoption of children from Vietnam

Posted in Policy, statements at 12:22 am by Lalita Haran

Inter country adoptions of children from Vietnam is placed on hold in United States now according to a news release from the USCIS. Earlier, U.S. parents were able to adopt Vietnamese children under a bilateral agreement between U.S. and Vietnam which expired on Sep. 1 2008.

Adoptions between the countries that participate in the International Adoption Convention at Hague must follow the guidelines prescribed by the Convention. United States signed the International Hague Adoption Convention on April 1, 2008 and Vietnam now participates in this Convention starting Feb. 1 2012.

The Hague Adotion Convention sets specific standards to be followed for the protection of adopted children and adoptive and original parents. The convention guidelines require that the U.S. Department of State (DOS) certify that the convention standards are complied with. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) such certification at present is forthcoming from DOS regarding Vietnamese adoption and that in the absence of such a certification USCIS would not approve the immigration processing for vietnamese adopted children.

USCIS therefore cautions against filing applications for international adoption of children from Vietnam.

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