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Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.
Exercise normal precautions in Gabon. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire travel advisory.
Exercise Increased Caution in:
Read the country information page for additional information about travel to Gabon.
If you decide to travel to Gabon:
Libreville and Port Gentil – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
Crimes such as robbery, vehicle break-ins, and residential burglaries are common.
Gabon is not a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention or Convention). Under the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (UAA), which became effective on July 14, 2014, the requirement that adoption service providers be accredited or approved, and therefore meet the accreditation standards, which previously only applied in Convention cases, now also applies in non-Convention (“orphan”) cases under section 101(b)(1)(F) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The UAA requires that an accredited or approved adoption service provider act as the primary provider in every Convention or non-Convention intercountry adoption case, and that adoption service providers providing any adoption services, as defined at 22 CFR Part 96.2, on behalf of prospective adoptive parents be accredited or approved, or be a supervised or exempted provider. See additional guidance for limited situations when a primary provider may not be required. Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Convention countries continue to be processed under the Orphan Process with the filing of the Forms I-600A and I-600. However, adoption service providers should be aware of the information on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website on the impact of the UAA on Form I-600A and Form I-600 adjudications, including the requirement that all home studies, including home study updates and amendments, comply with the home study requirements listed at 8 CFR 204.311, which differ from the orphan home study requirements that were in effect before July 14, 2014.
U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Gabon should contact the adoption authority of Gabon to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Gabon who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Gabon’s adoption authority. See contact information below.
Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are eligible for adoption. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to the adoption of their child(ren).
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Gabon, 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 an orphan under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa.
Gabonese Adoption Authority
Ministère De La Promotion Et De L’intégration De La Femme Au Développement, Chargé De La Lutte Contre Les Violences Faites Aux Femmes, Chargé Du Suivi De La Stratégie De L’investissement Humain, Et Des Solidarités Nationales: La Direction Générale Des Affaires Sociales. The primary contact is Paul Saturnine ONDO ENGOUROU.
Boulevard du Bord de Mer, BP 5684, Libreville, Gabon
Tel: + (241) 77 28 42 01
Embassy Of The Gabonese Republic To The United States Of America
2034 20th St, NW Washington, DC 20009
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-600A application or a Form I-600 petition with the
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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