The Application Process
The Form I-800 application process is integral in classifying a Convention adoptee as an immediate relative, enabling them to immigrate to the United States. It requires meticulous adherence to submission guidelines and a clear understanding of the associated processing times.
For the Form I-800 to be considered, applicants must provide accurate and complete information as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It is imperative that the form is typed or printed in black ink and accompanied by the necessary supporting evidence. This includes but is not limited to, proof of the child’s age and consent to the adoption from the relevant authority in the child’s country. The form mandates a prior approval of Form I-800A, verifying the applicant’s suitability for adoption. Applicants must ensure they hold a valid approval when they submit their Form I-800.
Key points for submission:
- Use black ink for type or print
- Include supporting evidence
- Ensure Form I-800A approval is valid at the time of submission
Processing Times and Updates
Processing times for Form I-800 can vary widely. Upon submission, USCIS provides a receipt notice, and applicants can track the status of their application online. Any updates or requests for additional information will be communicated through the contact information provided by the applicant. It is their responsibility to keep their contact details up-to-date to receive timely updates. To avoid delays, applicants should promptly respond to any requests from USCIS.
Critical details for processing:
- Track application status online using the receipt number
- Keep contact information current with USCIS
- Respond quickly to USCIS communications