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Exercise normal precautions when traveling to Luxembourg.
Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Luxembourg.
If you decide to travel to Luxembourg:
Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg.
Luxembourg is not considered a country of origin for intercountry adoption at this time. While adoption is legally possible, children from Luxembourg are not generally placed for intercountry adoption. No child from Luxembourg has 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 Luxembourg, including adoptions of children from Luxembourg by relatives in the United States, as well as adoptions from third countries by U.S. citizens living in Luxembourg.
Below is the limited adoption information the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Luxembourg. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Luxembourg should contact the Central Authority of Luxembourg to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Luxembourg who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Luxembourg’s Central Authority. See contact information below.
Please visit the Department of State’s country page for more information on traveling to Luxembourg and the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg’s website for information on consular services.
The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5/17 Letter”) to Luxembourg’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen adoptive parents and a child from Luxembourg if all Convention requirements are met and the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform Luxembourg’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 of a child in Luxembourg 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.
Luxembourg’s Adoption Authority:
The Ministry of Children, Education and Youth
33, Rives de Clausen
Tel: +352 247 83624
U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg:
22 Boulevard Emmanuel Servais
Tel: +352 46 01 23 00
Fax: +352 46 14 01
Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
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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