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The Kingdom of Eswatini 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 Eswatini.
The Convention entered into force for Eswatini on July 1, 2013. The Government of Eswatini 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 Eswatini 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 Eswatini as the country of origin, filed a Form I-600, or completed the adoption in Eswatini prior to July 1, 2013.
We caution adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents that intercountry adoptions between the United States and Eswatini will not resume until Eswatini lifts its suspension and the Department of State determines that intercountry adoptions from Eswatini comply with the Convention. Adoption service providers should not advertise adoption programs in Eswatini until the Department of State notifies them that the Government of Eswatini 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 Eswatini and the U.S. Embassy in Mbabane’s website for information on consular services.
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Eswatini, 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 Eswatini’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 Eswatini
Physical Address: Corner of MR103 and Cultural Centre Drive, Ezulwini, Eswatini
Mail: P.O. Box D202, The Gables H105, Eswatini
Tel: (268) 2417-9000
Fax: (268) 2416-3344
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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