Foreign children adopted by American citizens can gain US citizenship if the adoptive parents apply for the child’s naturalization after returning to the United States. In most cases, the adoptive parents merely need to apply for a Certificate of Citizenship from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security following the adoption. However, the adopted child remains a national of their origin country until they return to the United States. Before returning with your adopted child, you will need to petition the BCIS for your child’s immigrant visa. For more information on adoption procedures, obtain the BCIS Form M-249 titled The Immigration of Adopted and Prospective Adoptive Children. Additionally, you can contact the Department of State, Overseas Citizens Services Office of Children’s Issues at (888) 407-4747 to learn about overseas adoption procedures and order the booklet International Adoptions. You can also find this booklet online with useful information for American citizens who plan on adopting a foreign child.
Parents involved in an international custody battle should learn whether the country they’re in is a party to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Under the Hague Convention, children who have been wrongfully removed may be returned to their place of habitual residence. For further information on the Hague Convention, contact the Office of Children’s Issues in Overseas Citizens Services. This office also has copies of the booklet International Parental Child Abduction containing valuable information about what American citizens can do to prevent their child from becoming a victim of parental child abduction. If you are overseas and would like information on this subject, contact the nearest American consulate or embassy for guidance.
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