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Unfortunately, this will not be possible. According to immigration
laws and regulations, an alien adopted child may only qualify for immigration into the US if she meets the technical definition of an adopted child.
This requires the following:
- The adoption occurs prior to the child's 16th birthday;
- The adoptive parents had have legal custody of the child for two years (before or after the adoption); and
- The child had resided with the adoptive parent for two years (before or after the adoption).
So as you can see, in order to be eligible for immigration benefits through adoption, the adoption must be completed prior to the child turning 16 years of age. In this case, because the child has turned 16 already, immigration benefits through adoption cannot be extended to this child, I'm afraid.
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