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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.
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.
Mauritius’ Adoption Authority
National Adoption Council
Address: New Government Center, Port Louis
Tel: +230 201 3549
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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