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Exercise normal precautions in Mozambique. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
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Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Mozambique:
Some northern districts in Cabo Delgado Province – Level 3: Reconsider Travel
There have been attacks by violent extremists in the districts of Mocimboa da Praia, Nangade, Palma, Macomia, Ibo, Ancuabe and Quissanga in the northern Cabo Delgado Province that borders Tanzania. These groups have used machetes and firearms to conduct lethal attacks, as well as burned vehicles and homes. While the attacks have been localized in the abovementioned districts, there remains a possibility that such violence could spill over into other districts bordering or near Macomia.
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
Maputo – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
Violent crime, such as muggings, is common.
Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with minor edits.
While domestic adoption by U.S. citizens living in Mozambique is possible, intercountry adoption (taking the child to reside in a foreign country while still a minor) is not possible. Under Mozambique’s laws, the adopted child must reside with the parents in Mozambique until reaching 18 years of age.
Mozambique is not a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention or Convention).
U.S. citizens living in Mozambique interested in adopting children from Mozambique should contact the adoption authority of Mozambique to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Mozambique who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Mozambique’s adoption authority. See contact information below.
Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are eligible for adoption. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending the child return home when possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to the adoption of their child(ren).
Mozambique’s Adoption Authority
Adoption information may be requested from this office by postal mail, international courier, or phone using the following contact information:
Direcção Nacional de Acção Social
Departamento da Crianca (Social Services National Directorate, Children’s Department)
Av. Ahmed Sékou Touré 908, Maputo
Tel: +258 21 350300/301 064
Ms. Francisca Sales is the Director of the Social Services National Directorate at the federal level.
Internet: Ministério do Género, Criança e Acção Social
Embassy of Mozambique
Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique
1525 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel: (202) 293-7146
Fax: (202) 835-0245
Mozambique also has a consulate in New York City.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-600A application or a Form I-600 petition with the
USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC):
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-913-275-5480 (local); Fax:1- 913-214-5808
For questions about filing a Form I-600A application or a Form I-600 petition with a USCIS international field office:
Please visit uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-immigration-offices and select the appropriate office.
For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
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