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The Republic of the Seychelles 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 the Republic of the Seychelles.
Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of the Republic of the Seychelles. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from the Republic of the Seychelles should contact the Central Authority of the Republic of the Seychelles to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in the Republic of the Seychelles who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact the Republic of the Seychelles’ Central Authority. See contact information below.
The Convention entered into force with respect to the Seychelles in October 2008. However, the Government of the Republic of the Seychelles 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 the Republic of the Seychelles. U.S. prospective adoptive parents who wish to adopt from the Republic of the Seychelles may encounter delays during this transition.
Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to the Republic of the Seychelles and the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis website for information on consular services. There is no U.S. Embassy in the Republic of the Seychelles; however, the U.S. Ambassador to Mauritius is also accredited to the Republic of the Seychelles.
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Seychelles, 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.
The Republic of the Seychelles' Adoption Authority
Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment
Social Services Section
P O Box 190
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