Exercise normal precautions in Macedonia.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Macedonia:
Macedonia 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 Macedonia.
Macedonian law contains a preference for domestic adoptions, and intercountry adoptions rarely occur unless one of the prospective adoptive parents is of Macedonian origin. Demand for domestic adoptions has increased during the past few years while the number of children that are available for adoption continues to be low. Only four children from Macedonia have 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 Macedonia, including adoptions of children from Macedonia by relatives in the United States, as well as adoptions from third countries by U.S. citizens living in Macedonia.
U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Macedonia should contact the Central Authority of Macedonia to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Macedonia who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Macedonia’s Central Authority. See contact information below.
The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5/17 Letter”) to Macedonia’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen adoptive parents and a child from Macedonia if all Convention requirements are met and the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform Macedonia’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 Macedonia 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.
Macedonia’s Adoption Authority:
Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
Dame Gruev Street No. 14
1000 Skopje, Macedonia
U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia
Str. "Samoilova" Nr.21
Republic of Macedonia
Tel: +389 (0)2 310 2000
Fax: +389 (0)2 310 299
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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