Change in Form I-600 Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative and Form I-600A Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition

Following enactment of the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012, USCIS updated the Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative; Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition; and Supplement 1, Listing of Adult Member of the Household, to match their Hague Adoption Convention equivalents as closely as possible, where necessary: 

Changes to the Form I-600A and Form I-600 include adding:

  • Duty of Disclosure section;
  • Information about the home study preparer and/or adoption service provider on Form I-600A;
  • Information about the home study and primary adoption service provider on Form I-600;
  • A question on previous adoption-related filings and the outcomes of those filings;
  • A question asking the number of adult members in the household.

Any Form I-600A, Form I-600, or Supplement 1 that was correctly filed prior to March 23, 2015 (using the March 5, 2013 edition) will be considered valid and will be processed.  Please note that there is no need for families to re-submit their applications or petitions on the new forms if the previous forms were filed prior to March 23, 2015.

For families filing after March 23, 2015, please ensure that you are using the correct forms, so that your forms are not rejected.  If a Form I-600A, Form I-600, and/or Supplement 1 form have been rejected by a USCIS Lockbox, the filing will be returned with any accompanying fee so that the family can resubmit its file with the new forms. 

Rejected applications or petitions will not have a recorded filing date.  A later filing date is recorded once the correct form has been filed.  Therefore, it is important that families who are under a time constraint to file before a child ages out submit the required updated forms as soon as possible, so that the application or petition is not rejected.  The updated forms are available on the USCIS webpage.