House Passes Change to Immigration Law Concerning Adoptions

House Passes Change to Immigration Law Concerning Adoptions

immigration reform 2The House of Representatives earlier this week passed the International Adoption Harmonization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5532).  The bill would amend the immigration law regarding the eligibility of foreign born adopted children to obtain permanent residence (green cards).

The bill if signed into law, will allow an adopted child to immigrate to the U.S. as long as the adoption is completed and the application for permanent residence is submitted before the child’s 18th birthday.  The law currently states that the adoption must be completed prior to the child’s 16th birthday.

The passage of this law would be great news for foreign born adopted children between the ages of 16 and 18 to obtain green cards.

 

 

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