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The Czech Republic is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries must be done in accordance with the Convention; the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); the IAA’s implementing regulations; and all applicable legislation and regulations of the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic is not considered a country of origin for intercountry adoption at this time. While adoption is legally possible, children from the Czech Republic are not generally placed for intercountry adoption. Only three children from the Czech Republic have received a U.S. immigrant visa based on an intercountry adoption in the past five fiscal years. The information provided is intended primarily to assist in extremely rare adoption cases from the Czech Republic, including adoptions of children from the Czech Republic by relatives in the United States, as well as adoptions from third countries by U.S. citizens living in the Czech Republic.
Below is the limited adoption information the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of the Czech Republic. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from the Czech Republic should contact the Central Authority of the Czech Republic to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in the Czech Republic who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact the Czech Republic’s Central Authority. See contact information below.
The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5/17 Letter”) to the Czech Republic’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen adoptive parents and a child from the Czech Republic if all Convention requirements are met and the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform the Czech Central Authority that the parents are suitable and eligible to adopt, that the child appears eligible to 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 a child in the Czech Republic before USCIS has provisionally approved your Form I-800 petition AND a U.S. consular officer issues the “Article 5/17 Letter” for your 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.
The Czech Republic’s Central Authority:
Úrad pro mezinárodne právní ochranu detí
(Office for International Legal Protection of Children)
Silingrovo namestí 3/4
Tel: +420 542 215 522
Fax: +420 542 212 836
U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic
118 01 Praha 1 - Malá Strana
Tel: +(420) 257-022-000
Fax: +(420) 257-022-809
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
1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
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