IR-4 and IH-4 Visas are Adoption Visas for Non-Hague Countries
For children adopted from non-Hague Adoption Convention countries they must qualify as orphans before they can be considered for U.S. permanent residence or U.S. citizenship.
How Does the United States Define “Orphan” in Regards to Adoptions?
- The child must have no parents, or one parent who is not able to take care of the child. In this case the parent must write and sign that they are irrevocably releasing their child to be adopted and emigrate into the United States.
- The would-be adopted child must be under the age of 16 at the time their Form I-600 petition is filed with the USCIS.
- The child must be adopted by married U.S. citizens and a spouse jointly, or by an unmarried U.S. citizen if that person is at least 25 years old.
When is an IR-3 Visa Issued?
IR-3 Visas are given to adopted children after the adoption is complied overseas by both adopting parents. Under IR-3 Visas adopted children under the age of 18 automatically become U.S. citizens upon entering the country.
When is a IR-4 Visa Issued?
IR-4 visas are given to adopted children when the adoption will be finalized in the United States.