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Official Name: Malta Last Updated: March 1, 2014

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  • Hague Convention Information

    Malta is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).  Therefore all adoptions between Malta and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.

    Malta is not considered a country of origin in intercountry adoption.  While intercountry adoptions are legally possible, Maltese children eligible for adoptions are placed with Maltese residents.  No Maltese children eligible for adoption have received U.S. immigrant visas based on a Convention adoption in the past five fiscal years.  The information provided is intended primarily to assist in extremely rare adoption cases from Malta, including adoptions of Maltese children by relatives in the United States, as well as adoptions from third countries by U.S. citizens living in Malta.

    Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Malta.  U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Malta should contact the Central Authority of Malta to inquire about applicable laws and procedures.  U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Malta who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Malta’s Central Authority.  See contact information below.

    Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Malta and the U.S. Embassy in Valletta’s website for information on consular services.

    WARNING:  The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5 Letter”) to Malta’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Malta where all Convention requirements are met and the consular officer determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States.  This letter will inform Malta’s Central Authority that the parents are eligible and suited to adopt, that all indications are that the child may enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.

    Do not attempt to adopt or obtain custody of a child in Malta before a U.S. consular officer issues the Article 5 Letter in any adoption case.

    Remember:  The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.

    Malta's Adoption Authority
    The Department for Social Welfare Standards’ Bugeia Institute, situated within the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity, is the designated Central Authority under the 1993 Hague Convention.

  • Contact Information

    U.S. Embassy in Malta
    Embassy of the United States
    Ta’Qali National Park Street
    Attard, ATD-4000
    Tel: (356) 2561 4000
    Fax: (356) 21 243229

    Note:  The U.S. Embassy in Malta does not process Immigrant Visas applications. All Immigrant Visas for Malta are processed by the U.S. Consulate General in Naples, Italy:

    U.S. Consulate General in Naples
    Consulate General of the United States
    Piazza della Republica
    80122 Napoli
    Tel:  (+39) 081.5838.111
    Fax:  (+39) 081.7611.869

    Malta's Adoption Authority
    Bugeia Institute
    Department for Social Welfare Standards 
    Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity
    469 St. Joseph High Road
    Santa Venera, SVR 1012
    Malta Tel:  (356)22788000
    Fax:  (356) 22788 360
    Contact Person: Dr. Sandra Hili Vassallo

    Embassy of Malta
    2017 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20008
    Tel: (202) 387-5470

    Office of Children's Issues
    U.S. Department of State
    SA-17, 9th Floor
    Washington, DC 20522-1709
    Tel: 1-888-407-4747

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
    For questions about immigration procedures:
    National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
    Tel:  1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)

    For questions about filing a Form I-800A or I-800 petition:
    National Benefits Center
    Tel:  1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local)