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Old 08-12-2012, 12:57 PM
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adult adoption within US & change of visa status

Does anyone know the process for adopting an adult who is in the US on a temporary status visa?

I haven't been able to find anything on the USCIS website. Thanks for any insight!
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:36 PM
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It's my understanding you can adopt an adult but it will not change his/her immigration status. They won't qualify for the same rights as a minor adoptee.

Speak with an immigration lawyer and an adoption lawyer because it involves 2 different situations really.
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People can be adopted only under the laws of their country of citizenship. For instance, a USA person can only adopt a Chinese adult if Chinese law allows it. (Which it does not.)

And adopting a person over the age of 16 will not have any impact to the person's visa status. US law allows for an adoption visa to be granted to children under 16, but not to those over 16. And there is no other type of visa that allows their status to be changed solely on the basis of having been adopted.
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:10 AM
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Thank you for the info! Is there a specific source from where you got this info, so I can pass it along as "proof"? Thanks again!
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.....inquired on many waiting kids in US foster care to no avail Summer 2009 - Fall 2010
~~ International adoption
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~~ Open Embryo Adoption
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Be very careful when you or the adult in question discusses this issue in a public forum. It could appear as if the individual got a temporary visa with the intent of staying in the U.S. permanently, which could be construed by the USCIS as intent to commit visa fraud, a felony under federal law. It could get the person's temporary visa revoked, and could cause him/her to have to return to his/her homeland and never come back to the U.S.

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Old 08-20-2012, 11:32 AM
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That's a good point. Thanks for the warning. We're not adopting an adult, and we're already US citizens, but I was asking out of curiosity after a conversation I had with someone about this.
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Feel free to ask me about our experience with:
~~ Private Domestic Adoption
.....fall throughs w/ 4 bmoms May 2008 - March 2010
~~ Foster Care
.....Baby VV 9/28/09 - 7/28/10 RU w/ mom 9/3/10
.....inquired on many waiting kids in US foster care to no avail Summer 2009 - Fall 2010
~~ International adoption
.....attempted, withdrawn November 2010 - December 2011
~~ Open Embryo Adoption
.....attempted Nov 2011 & April 2012, no take-home baby

Thanks to anonymous embryo donation, we are finally a family of three!
11/25/13

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http://holinessnotperfection.blogspot.com/
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