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Agency News: Immigration policies and COVID-19

In an effort to keep families informed and up to date, America World would like to clarify recent statements published concerning the immigration process and how it relates to the homecoming of a child who has completed the adoption process.

At this point we believe that new immigration proclamations will continue to make provisions for children immigrating home after completing their adoption process. Our staff is actively monitoring this situation and will post updates as we learn more. Please take note of the following, which is part of a complete statement that can be accessed here.

Regarding travel/entry to the United States, the March 11 and March 14, 2020 Presidential Proclamations do not apply to U.S. citizens or to others who fall under specific exceptions.

Regarding intercountry adoption cases, please note the Proclamations, under Section 2 – Scope of Suspension and Limitation on Entry, include exceptions for “any alien who is the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications; …”

Adopted children who are issued IR-2, IR-3, or IH-3 visas would generally be considered “the child … of a U.S. citizen” since issuance of such visas is dependent on a full and final adoption in the foreign court.

We hope that this brings peace to you today as we continue to walk through uncertainty. Please know that the America World staff is available to clarify, guide and assist your family every step of the way. We are looking toward the future; anticipating a great number of homecomings as the situation improves globally.


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