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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3Travel Health Notice for Slovakia due to COVID-19.
Slovakia has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Slovakia. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Slovakia.
Below is the limited adoption information the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Slovakia. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Slovakia should contact the Central Authority of Slovakia to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Slovakia who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Slovakia’s Central Authority. See contact information below.
Please visit the Department of State’s country pages for more information on traveling to Slovakia and the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava’s website for information on consular services.
The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5/17 Letter”) to Slovakia’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen adoptive parents and a child from Slovakia if all Convention requirements are met and the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform Slovakia’s Central Authority that the parents are suitable and eligible to adopt, that the child appears eligible to enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.
Warning: Do not attempt to adopt a child in Slovakia before USCIS has provisionally approved your Form I-800 petition AND a U.S. consular officer issues the “Article 5/17 Letter” for your adoption case.
Remember: The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.
Slovakia’s Adoption Authority: Centrum pre medzinárodnoprávnu ochranu detí a mládeže
(Centre for International Legal Protection of Children and Youth)
P.O. Box 57
814 99 Bratislava
Tel: +421 2 204 632 08
Fax: +421 2 204 632 48
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
For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Last Updated: August 27, 2018
Assistance for U.S. Citizens
U.S. Embassy Bratislava
Hviezdoslavovo námestie 4, 811 02 Bratislava Slovakia
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