Intercountry Adoption

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Rwanda

Rwanda
Republic of Rwanda
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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.

The Department of State will provide updated information on adoption.state.gov as it becomes available.

Please visit the Department’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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