Intercountry Adoption

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Rwanda

Rwanda
Republic of Rwanda
Exercise normal precautions in Rwanda.

Exercise normal precautions in Rwanda.

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  • The Rwanda-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border due to armed conflict.            

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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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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes

Hague Convention Information

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.

U.S. Immigration Requirements

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.

Contact Information

Rwanda's Adoption Authority 
National Commission for Children            
Kigali, Rwanda

U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda
2657 Ave. de la Gendarmerie
Kigali, Rwanda
Tel: 250 252 596 400
Email:  consularkigali@state.gov   

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 Kigali
2657 Avenue de la Gendarmerie (Kacyiru),
Kigali
Telephone
250-252-596-400-7000 (Monday through Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Emergency
250-252-596-400, and dial 1
Fax
250-252-596-591

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