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Exercise normal precautions when traveling in Cyprus.
Do not attempt to enter the United Nations buffer zone at any place other than a designated crossing point. Police and UN forces strictly enforce this restriction. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Cyprus:
UN Buffer Zone: Since 1974, the southern part of Cyprus has been under the control of the government of the Republic of Cyprus. The northern part of Cyprus, administered by Turkish Cypriots, proclaimed itself the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (“TRNC”) in 1983. The United States does not recognize the “TRNC,” nor does any country other than Turkey. A buffer zone patrolled by the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, separates the two sides. For U.S. citizen travelers:
Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor edits.
Cyprus is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations; as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Cyprus.
There are very few children available for adoption in Cyprus. Cypriot families who wish to adopt have generally looked to other countries for adoption possibilities. The last immigrant visa for a Cypriot orphan was issued in FY 2000.
U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents interested in adopting children from Cyprus should contact the Central Authority of Cyprus to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Cyprus who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Cyprus’ Central Authority. See contact information below.
The Consular Officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5 Letter”) to Cyprus’ Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Cyprus 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 Cyprus’ 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.
WARNING: Do not attempt to adopt or obtain custody of a child in Cyprus 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.
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Cyprus, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.
Additionally, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IH-3 or IH-4 immigrant visa.
Cyprus’ Adoption Authority:
Ministry of Labor, Welfare & Social Insurance (Social Welfare Services)
63 Prodromou Street
1468 Nicosia - Cyprus
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-800A application or a Form I-800 petition:
USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC):
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-913-275-5480 (local); Fax: 1- 913-214-5808
For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
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