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Exercise increased caution in Tajikistan due to terrorism.
On July 29, 2018, two U.S. citizens were killed in a terrorist attack in Danghara province.
Terrorists have targeted bicyclists and may target other places, such as residential areas, clubs and restaurants, places of worship, hotels, schools, outdoor recreation events, and other venues, although Government of Tajikistan facilities remain the most likely target. Facilities catering to westerners in Tajikistan present a heightened risk. Avoid large crowds and public transportation to the extent possible. Tourists should avoid activities that develop predictable patterns of movement. If documenting your travel on social media, please ensure your privacy settings are appropriately set.
Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page.
If you decide to travel to Tajikistan:
Tajikistan is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for Tajikistan did not change.
The Department of State does not maintain detailed files on the adoption process in Tajikistan because adoptions from Tajikistan are rare. Under a May 3, 2006 amendment to Tajikistan's Family Code, intercountry adoption of Tajik orphans is prohibited. While couples which consist of at least one Tajik citizen may still be allowed to adopt, all other adoption by non-Tajik citizens is expressly forbidden by Tajik law.
The Adoption Authority in Tajikistan is the Department of Care and Guardianship, which is under the Tajik Ministry of Education. The district education committee in the child's place of residence and the local Mayor's office also play a part in any type of adoption process. If the adoption/guardianship process is successful, the Tajik Ministry of Education issues the official adoption/guardianship legal documents. For additional information about adoption or applying for guardianship of a Tajik child, please contact the Ministry of Education or the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in the U.S.
Ministry of Education of the Republic of Tajikistan
734024, RT, Dushanbe, 13-", Nosirmuhammad St.
Phone .: (992-37) 221-4605
Fax : (992-37) 221-7041.
The Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan
1005 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C., 20037
firstname.lastname@example.org (Consular section)
The Embassy is open from 08.00 am to 05.00 pm, Monday-Friday.
The consular section is open from 09.00 am to 12.00 pm, Monday-Friday
Prospective adoptive parents who are well-along in the Tajik process may contact the Consular Section in Dushanbe for information regarding the U.S. immigration process. All applications for immigrant visas, however, are processed by the United States Consulate, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
U.S. Embassy Dushanbe Consular Section
109A Ismoili Somoni Ave.
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Tajikistan, 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 an orphan under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa.
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)
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