Adopted Children Immigrant Visas
ADOPTED CHILDREN IMMIGRANT VISAS
All Inter-country Adoption Visas are handled by the Adoption Visa Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi
U.S. Embassy Hanoi’s Adoption Visa Unit issues all immigrant visas to adopted children from Vietnam under the Special Adoption Program.
Vietnam is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore all adoptions between Vietnam and the United States must meet the requirements of the convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.
Currently, inter-country adoption from Vietnam to the United States is ONLY possible under the Hague Convention through the Special Adoption Program for children with special needs, children aged five and older, and children in biological sibling groups. Healthy children who live outside of orphanages currently do not qualify for the Special Adoption Program, even if they are aged five or older or are in biological sibling groups. These same criteria apply to children who are related to a prospective adoptive parent (PAP). Whether they are eligible for inter-country adoption under the Special Adoption Program is determined by the Government of Vietnam.
All adoptions under the Special Adoption Program are processed by one of three authorized U.S. Adoption Service Providers (ASPs): Holt International Children’s Services, Dillon International, and Alliance for Children.
For more information on inter-country adoption between the United States and Vietnam, please go to http://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/country-information/learn-about-a-country/vietnam.html.
For step-by-step instruction about the adoption process, please go to http://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/us-visa-for-your-child/hague-visa-process.html.
Vietnam Authorizes U.S. Adoption Service Providers – Intercountry Adoptions from Vietnam to the United States through a Special Adoption Program Commenced September 16, 2014.
Vietnam’s Central Adoption Authority, the Ministry of Justice, announced that it has authorized two U.S. adoption service providers to facilitate intercountry adoptions in Vietnam. On September 16, the Ministry of Justice officially presented the licenses to two U.S. adoption service providers – Dillon International and Holt International Children’s Services, which were selected to operate intercountry adoption program for children with special needs, children aged five and older, and children in biological sibling groups (Special Adoption Program). This event also marks the effective date for the United States to start processing Hague Convention adoptions from Vietnam through the Special Adoption Program.
Inter-country adoption between the United States and Vietnam has been inactive since 2008. Since that time, Vietnam has strengthened its commitment to reforming its adoption system. The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Convention) entered into force for Vietnam on February 1, 2012. The Government of Vietnam has taken a number of steps to improve its implementation of the Convention, particularly in adoptions of children with special needs and for older children and biological sibling groups. A new adoption law, implementing decree, and related circulars have been passed and are being implemented. The United States welcomes Vietnam’s efforts to enhance its child welfare and intercountry adoption system and has now determined that, through the Special Adoption Program, it will be able to process Convention adoptions from Vietnam. However, the United States will not process Convention adoptions from Vietnam that fall outside the parameters of Vietnam’s Special Adoption Program.
For more information on intercountry adoption between the United States and Vietnam, please go tohttp://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/country-information/learn-about-a-country/vietnam.html.
- Notice: Special Advisor Jacobs Visits Vietnam (December 2012)
- U.S. Department of State to delay resuming adoptions in Vietnam (February 1, 2012)
- Adoption from Vietnam, Findings and Recommendations of an Assessment: A report produced by the International Social Service (ISS) (November 2009) (PDF - 976KB)
- Other useful documents for the care of children deprived of their family (ISS website)
- Vietnam Adoptions – Fact Sheet (June 2008)
- USCIS Implements Required DNA Testing for Vietnamese Adoptions (Questions and Answers) (May 13, 2008)
- Summary of Irregularities in Adoptions in Vietnam (Tiếng Việt) (April 25, 2008)
- Warning Concerning Adoptions in Vietnam (April 2008)
- Warning Concerning Adoptions in Vietnam (January 2008)
- U.S. Embassy Warns Prospective Adoptive Parents Not to Travel to Vietnam Prior to Receiving Written Pre-Approval
- Assistant Secretary Maura Harty's Comments on Vietnam Adoptions (11/30 Interview on VTV)(November 2007)
- Announcement regarding Vietnam adoptions (November 2007)