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international adoption/qualification for alien family status

My husband and I are both US citizens. My husband was born in Liberia. Later he served in the US Army and became a citizen. I am a citizen by birth. My husband is now completing a school program in social work, and I am a teacher. Without having all of the necessary information about immigration to the US for adopted children, my husband and I adopted two little girls in Liberia. They are related to our family, the grandchildren of my husbands sister. Until recently Liberia was not allowing adoptions, so when that changed, we decided that we could help these little girls. The family in Liberia has been struggling for many years with the civil war and now ebola. The families are unable to provide adequately for these children. Because we have the means and desire to be parents (I have been unable to have biological children), we offered to take the children so that we could provide for them. Their parents willingly and lovingly allowed us to adopt them with the understanding that they would now be our children. In a phone conversation with the US embassy, my husband was told that in order to get them permanent status in the US, they had to live with us for 2 year. They said to apply for a non-immigrant visa for them. After paying for the application, my husband talked to another person who told him that we needed to apply for an immigrant visa, although we have not been able to figure out which one. Since we had already paid for the nonimmigrant process, we went ahead and did the interview and were denied the visa. We have tried to be honest in our intentions for these little girls in order to do everything legally. Now, after reading more thoroughly the information about international adoptions and immigration, I am beginning to feel that we will not be able to get these little girls to the US. We can't see how we can get a visa for them to come and live with us for the 2 years so that we can petition for them as alien relatives. They are legally our children according to Liberian law and we are now responsible for their well being. We need to be able to get them here to the US so that we can provide for them. Is there a way to make this happen? We will be heart broken if we cannot bring our little girls to live with us.

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Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq.

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My husband and I are undergoing an International adoption from

My husband and I are undergoing an International adoption from India. I am a U.S. Citizen and my husband is an Indian National. The child will be 0-3. We have consulted with our adoption agency and an outside adoption lawyer on the following question and we were given conflicting information.1. Would our adopted child return to the United States on either the IH-3 or the IH-4?2. Our adoption agency is saying that the child would return on the IH-4 visa but don't we (as the parents) apply for the visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate? The State department states on their website that if we make an early visitation before the adoption is final we could qualify to apply for the IH-3 instead. So the IH-4 would mean we have guardianship until the adoption is final in the state of Virginia (which I have read takes two years) compared to the IH-3 which would mean citizenship is automatic? On outside adoption lawyer told us that the adoption would be final, and the child would come back on the IH-3.3. Basically if we could find out if our adoption agency and the orphanage in India has control over what kind of visa the child will return on to the U.S or if I follow the specified guidelines for the IH-3 and we do the extra visit before the adoption is finalized so they have a chance at automatic citizenship. Thanks! Amber

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Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq.

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gud am.can I ask more just to clear things in my mind.about

gud am.can I ask more just to clear things in my mind.about petition of my step child,good to hear from u that I can do petition my step child,i iust thought I don't have the right to petition here.and were worid about that.i plan to adopt here,whats the best thing to do?how much it cost and how long will it take.

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Hi, My wife and I adopted our son Dan at age 8 years from

Hi,My wife and I adopted our son Dan at age 8 years from an orphanage in Birobidzhan Russia. Dan is very smart but had a difficult adjustment to life in the U.S. He is now 20 years old and made a plea bargain for 6 months in jail for repeatedly driving while suspended for DUI. Sentencing is scheduled for February 21. Dan has expressed an interest in permanently returning to Russia prior to sentencing. I have several questions.(1)Am I corrrect that Dan has until he turns 21 to decide whether he wants to be a US citizen or a Russian citizen? How does he give up his US citizenship and affirm his Rusian citizenship?(2)If Dan returns to Russia prior to sentencing, is the US likely to ask Russia to send him back to the US, and is Russia likely to comply?(3)Given Russia's ambivalence about losing its children to international adoption is it possible that Russia would grant Dan asylum because of an adoption that went wrong?(4)Are there any sources of support for helping Dan adjust to life in Russia?

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My husband and I are both permanent US residents. I would like

My husband and I are both permanent US residents. I would like to adopt my 9 year old nephew in Cuba and bring him to live with us in the United States. Is this possible and what is the process we'd have to follow? I was thinking of traveling to Cuba and legally adopting him there, but what happens then? Does he come to the US with me right away? Thank you very much for your help.

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Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq.

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For Judith - I donw know if question got thru as there seemed

For Judith - I don'w know if question got thru as there seemed to be a computer glitch - so reasking.Realizing this is a sticky situation - plz know that I would never say Judith D from Just answer told me that .... and if you wanted to lock this question after we finish - so no one else can read it - that's fine w/ meIf, for ex. Your cousin approached you w/ this question, after hearing that the 1st attorney made this error on age of entry thru 18 of an orphan's sibling – would you tell you

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question regarding intl adoption - guyana to usa. my wife

question regarding int'l adoption - guyana to usa.my wife & i are us citizens (she's a guyanese nat'l). we're trying to adopt 2 children from an orphanage who have been identified and my wife has visited w/ them twice - and is going to Guyana again next month to begin paperwork. Youngest is 11, older sister just turned 16. However, it is our understanding from looking at the US Immigration site that even though she has turned 16, we shouldn't have aproblem because she is sibling of younger orphan we're adopting and that we should be able to get this done as long as she hasn't turned 18.Is that correct?I ask, because an immigration attorney told us last week that we were incorrect - and that she had to be adopted before she turned 17 next June - or we wouldn't be able to bring her to the USA for citizenship - that she'd have to stay in guyana and the girls would be separated.who is right?

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I am a us citizen married for 10 years to a permanent resident

I am a us citizen married for 10 years to a permanent resident from Cameroon . I petitioned for his 2 girls to come to the US. Embassy asked for dna. Got results last week and one childis his and the other is not. What now? We are troubled. The mother is willing to give the child to us because of the lack of quality of life there. What do we do ?

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My wife and I are about 1 year into the international adoption

My wife and I are about 1 year into the international adoption process and have completed a home study and are near submitting the doosier. We are considering changing directions. Our sister-in-law, who lives in Romania, is considering adopting a child she has become very close to who is in a very bad situation. The intent of her and her husband adopting the child is to rescue the child from the current situation and to eventually transfer the child to us. We understand the international adoption laws are extremely restrictive and us adopting the child directly from Romania impossible. My question is are there ways that we, as the child's Godparents, could acquire a visa for education purposes and eventually become the child's guardians or any other loopholes to allow us to raise the child?

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