Intercountry Adoption

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Intercountry adoptions to the United States from Hong Kong and from the United States to Hong Kong are possible.

Hague Convention Information

Please see our section on Adoptions from the United States for more information on the process for adopting a child from the United States. We urge prospective adoptive parents residing abroad who are considering adoption of a child from the United States to consult with Hong Kong’s Central Authority, the Director of Social Welfare, for its determination as to whether it considers your adoption to be subject to the Convention.

Hong Kong is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention or Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries must be done in accordance with the requirements of the Hague Adoption 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 Hong Kong.

U.S. Immigration Requirements

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Hong Kong, 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.

Who Can Adopt

In addition to being found suitable and eligible to adopt by USCIS, prospective adoptive parents seeking to adopt a child from Hong Kong must meet the following requirements imposed by Hong Kong:

  • Minimum Residency: Prospective adoptive parents currently living in Hong Kong must be residents of Hong Kong, or should offer assurance to the Adoption Unit of Hong Kong’s Social Welfare Department that they will be living in Hong Kong for a minimum of 12 months prior to completing the adoption. PAPs who do not meet the 12-month residency requirement will only be able to obtain custody of the child for the purpose of emigration and adoption in the United States. There are no residency requirements for prospective adoptive parents residing in the United States.

  • Age of Adopting Parents: Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 25 years of age.

  • Marriage: If prospective adoptive parents are married, they should submit a joint application to adopt a child from Hong Kong to the Adoption Unit. The Adoption Unit prefers couples to have been married for at least three years. Single individuals may also submit an application to adopt a child from Hong Kong.

  • Minimum Income: Prospective adoptive parents residing in Hong Kong must provide evidence that their income, after deducting all necessary monthly expenditures (e.g., mortgage, loans, insurance, household staff wages, tuition, etc.), exceeds Hong Kong’s income standards (known in Hong Kong as the Median Monthly Domestic Household Income (MMDHI)). This standard is published in the Quarterly Report on General Household Survey by the Census and Statistic Department of Hong Kong. The updated Quarterly Report on General Household Survey is available on the Hong Kong Census and Statistic Department's website. Prospective adoptive parents residing outside Hong Kong must submit their tax returns and complete a questionnaire detailing their financial assets.

  • Other requirements: Prospective adoptive parents should be in good physical and mental health without serious illness/disability. Under Hong Kong’s adoption program, the Central Authority prioritizes placing children with families of the same cultural or ethnic background to minimize cultural challenges and adjustment problems. The Central Authority will only consider intercountry adoption for children for whom options in Hong Kong are not available.

Who Can Be Adopted

Because Hong Kong is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Hong Kong must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for intercountry adoption. For example, the adoption may take place only if the competent authorities of Hong Kong have determined that placement of the child within Hong Kong has been given due consideration and that an intercountry adoption is in the child’s best interests.

In addition to qualifying as a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law, the child must also meet the following requirements imposed by Hong Kong:

  • Eligibility for adoption: In Hong Kong, adoption is a legal process whereby parental rights and responsibilities over a particular child, who is under 18 years old and unmarried, are transferred from birth parents to adoptive parents in accordance with Hong Kong’s Adoption Ordinance, Cap 290, which was amended in 2004 to implement the Hague Adoption Convention.

The Adoption Unit finds suitable and permanent homes for children who have lost their parents through death or desertion and for children who were born out of wedlock and whose parents are unable to provide proper care. Children are usually wards of the Director of Social Welfare and have special needs or circumstances, such as older children, physical disabilities, significant health problems, or difficult family backgrounds, and no suitable local adoptive homes are available for them in Hong Kong.

  • Age of Adoptive Child: Children who are under 18 years old and unmarried may be adopted. (Statistics reflect that most children eligible for adoption are five years old or younger and some have special needs). Please note that for a child to meet the definition of Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law, a Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative, must be filed on the child’s behalf while the child is under the age of 16 (or under the age of 18 if the child is the birth sibling of another adopted child who meets the age and other requirements to immigrate based on adoption by the same adoptive parent(s)). Please see the USCIS website for special rules on filing dates for children aged 15-16 or siblings aged 17-18.

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 not relinquished their parental rights or consented to the adoption of their child(ren).

How to Adopt

Warning: Do not adopt or obtain legal custody of a child in Hong Kong before: 1) USCIS has approved your Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, 2) the Central Authority of Hong Kong has determined the child is available for intercountry adoption, 3) USCIS has provisionally approved your Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative, and 4) a U.S. consular officer has issued an “Article 5/17 Letter” in the case. Read on for more information.

 

Hong Kong’s Central Adoption Authority
Director of Social Welfare
 

The Process

Because Hong Kong is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adoptions from Hong Kong must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention’s requirements. A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is provided below. You must complete these steps in the following order to meet all necessary legal requirements. Adoptions completed out of order may cause significant delays or result in the child not being eligible for an immigrant visa to the United States.

1. Choose a U.S.-Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider To Act as Your Primary Provider That Has Been Authorized by Hong Kong’s Central Authority to Operate in Hong Kong

2. Apply to USCIS to be Found Suitable and Eligible to Adopt (Form I-800A)

3. Apply to Hong Kong’s Adoption Central Authority to Adopt, and Be Matched with a Child

4. Apply to USCIS for the Child to be Found Provisionally Eligible for Immigration to the United States as a Convention Adoptee (Form I-800) and Receive U.S. Agreement to Proceed with the Adoption (Art. 5/17 letter)

5. Adopt the child in Hong Kong or obtain legal custody for the purpose of emigration and adoption.

6. Apply for a U.S. Immigrant Visa for Your Child and Bring Your Child Home

1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider to Act as Your Primary Provider That Has Been Authorized by Hong Kong’s Central Authority to Operate in Hong Kong

The first step in adopting a child from Hong Kong is to select an adoption service provider in the United States that has been accredited or approved to provide intercountry adoption services to U.S. citizens and that has been authorized by the Central Authority of Hong Kong. A primary provider must be identified in each Convention case and only accredited or approved adoption service providers may act as the primary provider in your case. Unless a public domestic authority is providing all adoption services in your case, a primary provider is required in every intercountry adoption case. Your primary provider is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all six adoption services defined at 22 CFR 96.2 are provided consistent with applicable laws and regulations;
  • Supervising and being responsible for any supervised providers, and otherwise complying with the requirements regarding the provision of adoption services using other providers (see 22 CFR 96.14); and
  • Developing and implementing a service plan in accordance with 22 CFR 96.44.

For more information on primary providers and the UAA, please see Universal Accreditation Act of 2012. Learn more about Agency Accreditation.

2. Apply to USCIS to be Found Suitable and Eligible to Adopt

In order to adopt a child from Hong Kong, you will need to meet the requirements of the Central Authority of Hong Kong and U.S. immigration law.

After you choose an accredited or approved adoption service provider, you must be found suitable and eligible to adopt by USCIS by submitting Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country. You will need to submit a home study, provide biometrics, and cooperate in a background check as part of this application. Read more about Suitability and Eligibility Requirements. Unless an exception applies, the home study must be prepared by a person who is authorized under 22 CFR 96 to prepare home studies and must comply with the requirements in 8 CFR 204.311.

3. Apply to Hong Kong’s Authorities to Adopt, and be Matched with a Child 

Submit Your Dossier to the Central Authority

After USCIS determines that you are suitable and eligible to adopt and approves the Form I-800A application, your adoption service provider will provide your approval notice, home study, and any other required information to the adoption authority in Hong Kong as part of your adoption application. Hong Kong’s Central Authority will review your application to determine whether you are also suitable and eligible to adopt under Hong Kong’s law.

Receive a Referral for a Child from the Central Authority

If both the United States and Hong Kong determine that you are suitable and eligible to adopt, and Hong Kong’s Central Authority for Convention adoptions has determined that a child is eligible for adoption and that intercountry adoption is in that child’s best interests, the Central Authority for Convention adoptions in Hong Kong may provide you with a referral. The referral is a proposed match between you and a specific child based on a review of your dossier and the needs of the child. The adoption authority in Hong Kong will provide a background study and other information, if available, about the child to help you decide whether to accept the referral. We encourage families to consider consulting with a medical professional and their adoption service provider to understand the needs of the specific child but you must decide for yourself whether you will be able to meet the needs of, and provide a permanent home for a specific child. You must also adhere to the recommendations in the home study submitted to USCIS with respect to the number of children and capacity to deal with any special needs of an adoptive child. Learn more about Health Considerations. If you accept the referral, the adoption service provider communicates that to the Central Authority in Hong Kong. Learn more about this critical decision.

4. Apply to USCIS for the Child to be Found Provisionally Eligible for Immigration to the United States as a Convention Adoptee and Receive U.S. Agreement to Proceed with the Adoption

Submit a Petition for a Determination on the Child’s Immigration Eligibility

After you accept being matched with a particular child, you will apply to USCIS for provisional approval for the child to immigrate to the United States by filing the Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative. USCIS will make a provisional determination as to whether the child appears to meet the definition of a Convention adoptee and will likely be eligible to be admitted to the United States.

Submit an Immigrant Visa Application

After provisional approval of Form I-800 petition, you or your adoption service provider will submit a visa application to the consular section of the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, responsible for issuing immigrant visas to children from Hong Kong.

You should receive a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) confirming receipt of the provisionally approved Form I-800 petition and assigning a case number and an invoice ID number. Use this information to log into the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) to file the Electronic Immigrant Visa Application (DS-260) for your child. An adoptive parent should fill out these forms in your child's name. Answer every item on the form. If information is not applicable, please write “N/A” in the block. Please review the DS-260 FAQs, our Online Immigrant Visa Forms page, or contact the NVC at NVCAdoptions@state.gov or +1-603-334-0700 if you have questions about completing the online DS-260 form. A consular officer will review the provisionally approved Form I-800 petition and the visa application and, if applicable, advises you of options for the waiver of any ineligibilities related to the visa application.

The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5/17 Letter”) to Hong Kong’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Hong Kong if all Convention requirements are met and the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform the Hong Kong’s 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 or obtain custody of a child in Hong Kong before you receive provisional approval of 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.

5. Adopt the Child in Hong Kong or Obtain Legal Custody of the Child for Purposes of Emigration and Adoption

Remember: Before you adopt or obtain legal custody of a child in Hong Kong, you must have completed the above four steps. Only after completing these steps can you proceed to finalize the adoption or a grant of legal custody by Hong Kong for the purposes of emigration and adoption.

The process for finalizing the adoption or obtaining legal custody for purposes of emigration and adoption in Hong Kong generally includes the following:

  • Role of Central Authority: The Director of Social Welfare reviews documentation to determine if adoption is in the best interest of a child. Upon approval, the Social Welfare Department will apply for a court order to transfer care of the child to the director of the U.S. accredited adoption service provider (ASP). (If the prospective adoptive parents are residents of Hong Kong, the child may reside in their home for at least six months. During the residency period with the family, a social worker will visit their home periodically to determine if adoption by the prospective adoptive parents is in the child’s best interest.)
  • Role of the Court: The High Court grants adoption orders and issues final adoption certificates for families resident in Hong Kong. For non-residents of Hong Kong, Hong Kong’s courts transfer guardianship of the child from the Hong Kong’s social welfare department to the U.S. ASP.
  • Role of Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Providers: The ASP conducts the prospective adoptive parents' home study. The ASP works with one of the agencies in Hong Kong that have been accredited to facilitate intercountry adoptions. The ASP forwards the home study report and supporting documents to the Hong Kong adoption agency. The Hong Kong agency submits the documentation to the Central Authority. Currently, three agencies are accredited in Hong Kong to facilitate intercountry adoptions:
    • International Social Service Hong Kong Branch (ISS-HK) Adoption Program,
    • Po Leung Kuk Adoption Services Unit, and
    • Mother's Choice Adoption Services.

International Social Service Hong Kong Branch
Adoption Program
6/F., Southorn Center
130 Hennessy Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2834-6863
Fax: (852) 2834-7627
Email: ia@isshk.org
Website: http://www.isshk.org

(U.S. Office)
700 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Tel: (410) 230-2734
Fax: (410) 230-2741

Po Leung Kuk
Adoption Services Unit
1/F., Vicwood K.T. Chong Building
66 Leighton Road
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel.: (852) 2277-8368
Fax: (852) 2895-4955
Email: ias@poleungkuk.org.hk
Website: http://www.poleungkuk.org.hk

Mother's Choice
Adoption Services
Unit H, 21/F., Legend Tower
7 Shing Yip Street
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2313-5620
Fax: (852) 2537-7151
Email: adoption@motherschoice.org
Website: http://www.motherschoice.org

Unless a public domestic authority is providing all adoption services in your case, there must be a U.S. accredited or approved adoption service provider acting as the primary provider in every case. Also, any agency or person providing an adoption service on behalf of prospective adoptive parents in any Convention or non-Convention intercountry adoption case must be accredited or approved, or be a supervised or exempted provider. Adoption service means any one of the following six services:

  • Identifying a child for adoption and arranging an adoption;
  • Securing the necessary consent to termination of parental rights and to adoption;
  • Performing a background study on a child or a home study on a prospective adoptive parent(s), and reporting on such a study;
  • Making non-judicial determinations of the best interests of a child and the appropriateness of an adoptive placement for the child; Monitoring a case after a child has been placed with prospective adoptive parent(s) until final adoption; or
  • When necessary because of a disruption before final adoption, assuming custody and providing (including facilitating the provision of) child care or any other social service pending an alternative placement. 22 CFR 96.2 Definitions.

  • Adoption Application: The adoption application is filed with the Adoption Unit of the Social Welfare Department.

  • Time Frame: Intercountry adoptions in Hong Kong may take approximately 12-24 months to complete. The timeframe may be increased if the prospective adoptive parents have specific requests regarding the child's age and/or medical conditions.

  • Adoption Fees: We encourage prospective adoptive parents to obtain detailed receipts for all fees and donations paid, either by them directly or through your U.S. adoption service provider, and to raise any concerns regarding any payment that you believe may be contrary to the Convention, U.S. law, or the law of Hong Kong, with your adoption service provider, and, when appropriate, through the Complaint Registry. Improper payments violate applicable law or create the appearance of buying a child, and could put all future adoptions in Hong Kong at risk. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, for instance, makes it unlawful to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business. Further, the IAA makes certain actions relating to intercountry adoptions unlawful, and subject to civil and criminal penalties. These include offering, giving, soliciting, or accepting inducement by way of compensation intended to influence or affect the relinquishment of parental rights, parental consent relating to adoption of a child, or a decision by an entity performing functions as a competent central authority, or to engage another person as an agent to take any such action.

In the adoption services contract that you sign at the beginning of the adoption process, your adoption service provider will itemize the fees and estimated expenses related to your adoption process.

Some of the fees specifically associated with adopting from Hong Kong include: An assessment of the prospective adoptive parents’ suitability is provided by the Adoption Unit free of charge. A fee of HKD 3,970 is charged to successful applicants for acting as guardian ad litem for the prospective adoptive child during adoption proceedings.

  • Documents Required:
    • Copy of U.S. passport;
    • Copy of marriage certificate (if applicable);
    • Evidence of termination of previous marriage (if applicable);
    • Proof of income;
    • Copies of school credentials;
    • Evidence of prior adoptions (if any); and
    • Satisfactory home study report and medical examination reports of the PAPs. (Hong Kong does not require these documents to be authenticated. However, the U.S. accredited ASPs providing services must submit notarized home study and physical exam reports in adoption cases.)

            Note: Additional documents may be requested.

  • Authentication of Documents: You may be asked to provide proof that a document from the United States is authentic. The U.S Department of State’s Authentications Office has information on the subject.

6. Apply for a U.S. Immigrant Visa for Your Child and Bring Your Child Home

Once your adoption is complete or you have obtained legal custody of the child for the purposes of emigration and adoption of the child in the United States, there are a few more steps to take before your child can head home. Specifically, you need to apply for three documents before your child can travel to the United States:

Birth Certificate

You will need to obtain a birth certificate for your child.

If you have finalized the adoption in Hong Kong, you will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child. Your name will be added to the new birth certificate.

If you have been granted legal custody for the purposes of emigration and adoption of the child in the United States, the birth certificate you obtain will, in most cases, not yet include your name.

The Social Welfare Department will obtain the child's original birth certificate (or certified duplicate) from the Hong Kong Birth Registry. This document will then be passed to the agency caring for the child. Adoptive parents may apply for their names to be added as annotations to the child's birth certificate.

Hong Kong Passport

Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or passport from Hong Kong. The Social Welfare Department will obtain the child's travel document or HKSAR passport from the Immigration Department. This document will then be passed to the agency caring for the child.

For information on how to apply for a U.S. passport, please see the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong’s website: https://hk.usconsulate.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/minor-passports/

U.S. Immigrant Visa

After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child you need to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa for your child from the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong. After the adoption or custody for purposes of emigration and adoption is granted, visit the U.S Consulate for a final review of the case, and if applicable, the issuance of a U.S. Hague Adoption Certificate or Hague Custody Certificate, the final approval of the Form I-800 petition, and to obtain your child’s immigrant visa. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you and be admitted to the United States as your child. Please contact the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong https://hk.usconsulate.gov/visas/visa-inquiry-form to schedule your child’s immigrant visa appointment. As part of this process, you must provide the consular officer with the Panel Physician’s medical report on the child if you did not provide it during the Form I-800 provisional approval stage. Read more about the Medical Examination.

Before coming for your child’s immigrant visa interview, please complete an Electronic Immigrant Visa Application (DS-260) online at the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). You should receive a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) confirming receipt of the provisionally approved Form I-800 petition and assignment of a case number and an invoice ID number. You will need this information to log into CEAC to file the DS-260 for your child. You should fill out these forms in your child's name. Answer every item on the form. If information is not applicable, please write “N/A” in the block. Print and bring the DS-260 confirmation page to the visa interview. Review the DS-260 FAQs, our Online Immigrant Visa Forms page, or contact NVC at NVCAdoptions@state.gov or +1-603-334-0700 if you have questions about completing the online DS-260 form.

Upon receipt of the case at post, the Consular Section generally notifies the petitioner. Visa issuance after the final interview generally takes 24 hours. It is not usually possible to provide the visa to adoptive parents on the same day as the immigrant visa interview. You should verify current processing times with the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong before making final travel arrangements. Additional information on immigrant visa processing can be found on our website.

Child Citizenship Act

For adoptions finalized abroad prior to the child’s admission into the United States: An adopted child residing in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent pursuant to a lawful admission for permanent residence generally will acquire U.S. citizenship automatically if the child otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, including that the child is under the age of eighteen.

For adoptions finalized after the child’s admission into the United States: You will need to complete an adoption following your child’s admission into the United States and before the child turns eighteen for the child (if he or she otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000) to automatically acquire U.S. citizenship.

Read more about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

Traveling Abroad

Applying for Your U.S. Passport

U.S. citizens are required to enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport.  Once your child acquires U.S. citizenship, s/he will need a U.S. passport for international travel. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Department of State’s Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print—all in one place.

Obtaining a Visa to Travel to Hong Kong

In addition to a U.S. passport, you may also need to obtain a visa.  Where required, visas are affixed to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation.  To find information about obtaining a visa for Hong Kong, see the Department of State’s Country Specific Information.

Staying Safe on Your Trip

Before you travel, it is always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country.  The Department of State provides Country-Specific Information for every country in the world about various issues, including health conditions, crime, currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

Staying in Touch on Your Trip

When traveling abroad during the adoption process, we encourage you to enroll with the Department of State through our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country. Enrollment makes it possible for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Hong Kong, to contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.  Whether there is a family emergency in the United States or a crisis in Hong Kong, enrollment assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

Enrollment is free and can be done online via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

After Adoption

Hong Kong does not have any post-adoption requirements.

Post-Adoption Resources

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption.  There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin. You may wish to take advantage of all the resources available to your family, whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services. Your primary provider can provide or point you to post- placement/post-adoption services to help your adopted child and your family transition smoothly and deal effectively with the many adjustments required in an intercountry adoption.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains a website, the Child Welfare Information Gateway, which can be a useful resource to get you started on your support group search.

COMPLAINTS

If you have concerns about your intercountry adoption process, we ask that you share this information with the Consulate in Hong Kong, particularly if it involves possible fraud or misconduct specific to your child’s case. The Department of State takes all allegations of fraud or misconduct seriously.  Our Adoption Comment Page provides several points of contact for adoptive families to comment on their adoption service provider, their experience applying for their child’s visa, or about the Form I-800/A petition process.

The Complaint Registry is an internet based registry for filing complaints about the compliance of U.S. accredited or approved adoption service providers with U.S. accreditation standards. If you think your provider's conduct may not have been in compliance with accreditation standards, first submit your complaint in writing directly to your provider. If the complaint is not resolved through the provider's complaint process, you may file the complaint through the Complaint Registry.

Contact Information

U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau
26 Garden Road
Central, Hong Kong

Mailing Address:
U.S. Department of State
Hong Kong Immigrant Visa Unit
8000 Hong Kong Place
Washington, DC 20521-8000

Tel: (852) 2841-2211
Fax: (852) 2845-4845
Internet: https://hk.usconsulate.gov/visas/

Hong Kong's Adoption Authority
Adoption Unit
Social Welfare Department
Room 201, 2/F., North Point Government Offices
333 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3595 1935
Fax: (852) 3595 0025
Email: auenq@swd.gov.hk
Internet: http://www.swd.gov.hk

Diplomatic Mission for Hong Kong
The Embassy of the People's Republic of China
2300 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 328-2500
Fax: (202) 588-0032
Email: webmaster@china-embassy.org

*The People's Republic of China also has consulates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, New York City, and Chicago.

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, D.C.  20522-1709
Tel:  1-888-407-4747
Email:  Adoption@state.gov
Internet:  adoption.state.gov

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
Email:  NBC.Adoptions@uscis.dhs.gov

For general questions about immigration procedures:

USCIS Contact Center
Tel:  1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet:  uscis.gov

American Citizens residing in Hong Kong and Macau are served by the USCIS District Office in Bangkok, Thailand.

E-mail: bkkcis.inquiries@dhs.gov
Phone: +66-2-205-5352
Fax: +66-2-255-2917
Mail: DHS/USCIS
Sindhorn, Tower 2, 15 th Floor
130-133 Wireless Rd.
Lumpini Pathumwan
Bangkok Thailand 10330

Last Updated: May 2, 2019

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau
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Hong Kong
Telephone
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