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Mauritius

Mauritius
Republic of Mauritius
Exercise increased precautions in Mauritius due to COVID-19.

Exercise increased precautions in Mauritius due to COVID-19.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

Mauritius has resumed some transportation options, but travelers are barred from entry unless they hold permanent residence or domicile in Mauritius. Mauritius has resumed business operations including day cares and schools.   Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Mauritius.

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If you decide to travel to Mauritius:

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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes

Hague Convention Information

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

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Mauritius.  U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Mauritius should contact the Central Authority of Mauritius to inquire about applicable laws and procedures.  U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Mauritius who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Mauritius’ Central Authority.  See contact information below.

The Convention entered into force with respect to Mauritius in January 1999.  However, the Government of Mauritius has informed the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis that it is in the process of amending its laws in order to fully implement the Hague Adoption Convention.  The Department will be gathering information on how these changes will impact intercountry adoptions between the United States and Mauritius.  U.S. prospective adoptive parents who wish to adopt from Mauritius may encounter delays during this transition.

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Mauritius and the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis’ website for information on consular services.

U.S. Immigration Requirements

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

Contact Information

Mauritius’ Adoption Authority
National Adoption Council
c/o Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare
C.S.K Building
Corner Remy Ollier & Emmanuel Anquetil Streets
Port-Louis
Tel: +(230) 206 3851
Email: childadopt@govmu.org

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

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Port Louis
4th Floor, Rogers House
John Kennedy Street
Port Louis, Mauritius
Telephone
+(230) 202-4400
Emergency
+(230) 202-4400,
press one (1) after the automated greeting
Fax
+(230) 208-9534

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