Category: Ethiopian Adoption Story
Created on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 10:29
A few months ago word began to spread among the Ethiopian Adoption Community that the U.S. Embassy In Addis Ababa was starting to delay and challenge a growing number of Form I-600 (Petition to Classify Orphan as Immediate Relative) because they deemed them to be “not clearly approvable”. As many can imagine, this sent shock waves through the families waiting to adopt.
Since that time the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) have attempted to reach out to “stakeholders” and try to explain why the issues with the From I-600s have arisen and what actions will be taken to help expedite the process to deal with these concerns.
On December 9, 2011 the USCIS and DOS held a stakeholder conference call and provided an update on what has taken place since the stakeholder meeting on October 28, 2011. The quickest summary is that the USCIS and DOS are moving forward with ways to expedite and streamline the process of dealing with the Form I-600s that they have identified problems with. This includes real solutions such as stopping the 4 to 6 week shipment of these cases from the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa to the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya and the deployment of USCIS officers to the Embassy in Addis Ababa to deal with these cases.
We suggest that any family currently going through the adoption process or planning on adopting from Ethiopia read the entire meeting summary. We also suggest that families ask their adoption agency about this issue and get a clear, and in writing, answer for their plan to deal with the rise in Form I-600s being challenged by the USCIS.
You can read the summary by following the link to the USCIS website. We will keep you informed about this issue as we receive information.