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The Kingdom of Swaziland is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Convention 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 the Kingdom of Swaziland.
The Convention entered into force for the Kingdom of Swaziland on July 1, 2013. The Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland announced in June 2013 that it plans to continue the existing suspension on all new intercountry adoptions while it focuses on taking the steps necessary to fully implement the Convention. The Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland has not informed the U.S. Embassy in Mbabane of an expected end date to the suspension.
Transition cases may be completed under the previous “orphan” process. Transition cases are defined as those in which a prospective adoptive parent filed a Form I-600A with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services identifying the Kingdom of Swaziland as the country of origin, filed a Form I-600, or completed the adoption in the Kingdom of Swaziland prior to July 1, 2013.
We caution adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents that intercountry adoptions between the United States and the Kingdom of Swaziland will not resume until Swaziland lifts its suspension and the Department of State determines that intercountry adoptions from the Kingdom of Swaziland comply with the Convention. Adoption service providers should not advertise adoption programs in the Kingdom of Swaziland until the Department of State notifies them that the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland has lifted its temporary suspension of intercountry adoptions and that its procedures meet the requirements of the Convention.
The Department of State will provide updated information on Adoption.state.gov as it becomes available. Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to the Kingdom of Swaziland and the U.S. Embassy in Mbabane’s website for information on consular services.
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Kingdom of Swaziland, 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.
Kingdom of Swaziland’s Adoption Authority
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Department of Social Welfare
Gwamile Street, Mbabane
Tel: (268) 2404-2723/4
Fax: (268) 2404-3770
U.S. Embassy in Mbabane, Kingdom of Swaziland
Physical Address: Corner of MR103 and Cultural Centre Drive, Ezulwini, Swaziland
Mail: P.O. Box D202, The Gables H105, Swaziland
Tel: (268) 2417-9000
Fax: (268) 2416-3344
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