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Rwanda-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border
The armed group Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda operates in eastern DRC near the border.
Congolese armed forces and UN peacekeepers continue combat operations against armed groups in North and South Kivu provinces. Violence sporadically targets civilians, including rape, kidnapping, and pillaging.
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Rwanda 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 Rwanda.
In February 2015, the Government of Rwanda confirmed that the current suspension, which began August 31, 2010, on intercountry adoptions is still in effect. The Government of Rwanda has not provided a timeline for its review of intercountry adoption procedures and has indicated that the suspension will remain in place until the procedures to implement the Convention are finalized.
The Department of State will provide updated information on this website as it becomes available. Please visit the Rwanda's Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Rwanda and the U.S. Embassy in Kigali’s website for information on consular services.
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Rwanda, 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.
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