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Malta is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore all adoptions between Malta and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.
Malta is not considered a country of origin in intercountry adoption. While intercountry adoptions are legally possible, Maltese children eligible for adoptions are placed with Maltese residents. No Maltese children eligible for adoption have received U.S. immigrant visas based on a Convention adoption in the past five fiscal years. The information provided is intended primarily to assist in extremely rare adoption cases from Malta, including adoptions of Maltese children by relatives in the United States, as well as adoptions from third countries by U.S. citizens living in Malta.
Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Malta. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Malta should contact the Central Authority of Malta to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Malta who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Malta’s Central Authority. See contact information below.
WARNING: The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5 Letter”) to Malta’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Malta where all Convention requirements are met and the consular officer determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform Malta’s Central Authority that the parents are eligible and suited to adopt, that all indications are that the child may enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.
Do not attempt to adopt or obtain custody of a child in Malta before a U.S. consular officer issues the Article 5 Letter in any 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.
Malta's Adoption Authority
The Department for Social Welfare Standards’ Bugeia Institute, situated within the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity, is the designated Central Authority under the 1993 Hague Convention.
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Malta, 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.
U.S. Embassy in Malta
Embassy of the United States
Ta’Qali National Park Street
Tel: (356) 2561 4000
Fax: (356) 21 243229
Note: The U.S. Embassy in Malta does not process Immigrant Visas applications. All Immigrant Visas for Malta are processed by the U.S. Consulate General in Naples, Italy:
U.S. Consulate General in Naples
Consulate General of the United States
Piazza della Republica
Tel: (+39) 081.5838.111
Fax: (+39) 081.7611.869
Malta's Adoption Authority
Department for Social Welfare Standards
Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity
469 St. Joseph High Road
Santa Venera, SVR 1012
Malta Tel: (356)22788000
Fax: (356) 22788 360
Contact Person: Dr. Sandra Hili Vassallo
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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