I-600A Visa Petition Law and Legal Definition

I-600A Visa Petition is a form used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to adjudicate the qualifications of the applicant/applicants intending to adopt the orphan. This form is filed by a U.S. citizen to expedite the processing part relating to the qualifications of the prospective adoptive parent petitioner/petitioners.

Generally, I-600A form is used by a U.S. citizen who plans to adopt a foreign-born child but has not identified a particular child. This advance processing form helps in speeding up the processing. This form may also be used in cases where a particular child is identified for adoption and the prospective adoptive parents are traveling to the child’s place. The application can be filed by a married U.S. citizen and spouse who are adopting the child. If the spouse is not a U.S. citizen, s/he must possess a lawful immigration status. The application can also be filed by an unmarried U.S. citizen who is or will be 25 years old at the time of adoption.

The applicant has to pay a filing fee of $670 along with the application. This exempts payment of filing fee for an I-600 form. A biometrics fee is also required to be paid for each person above 18 years living with the applicant. In case of multiple applications, if the orphans are siblings, only one set of petition and fingerprinting fees is required. If the orphans are not siblings, the filing and biometrics fees must be included for each petition.