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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

USCIS Lists Foreign Countries and Geographic Entities Having No Available Child Abuse Registries


WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reminds customers preparing paperwork for adoptions from Hague Convention countries of the need to check available child abuse registries for potential adoptive parents and other adult household members who have lived in foreign countries.  This is a reporting requirement for the home study which must be attached to the Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country.

USCIS, in cooperation with the Department of State, has developed a list of countries and geographic entities confirmed to have no child abuse registry information available. This list contains the most recent information currently available to USCIS, and is subject to change.  If a home study preparer finds that a country on this list has established an appropriate registry, he or she must address that information in the home study. 

 Afghanistan

 El Salvador

 Korea, North

 Sao  Tome and Principe

 Andorra

 Eritrea

 Korea, South

 Saudi Arabia

 Argentina

 Estonia

 Kosovo

 Senegal

 Armenia

 Ethiopia

 Latvia

 Seychelles

 Australia

 Fiji

 Liberia

 Sierra Leone

 Austria

 Finland

 Luxembouge

 Slovakia

 Bahamas

 France

 Macedonia

 Somalia

 Bangladesh

 Gabon

 Malaysia

 South Africa

 Belgium

 Georgia

 Mauritius

 Spain

 Belize

 Germany

 Micronesia, Federated States

 Sri Lanka

 Benin

 Ghana

 Moldova

 Sudan

 Bermuda

 Greece

 Mongolia

 Sweden

 Bolivia

 Guatemala

 Montenegro

 Switzerland

 Bosnia and Herzegovina

 Guyana

 Morocco

 Syria

 Brazil

 Haiti

 Nauru

 Tajikistan

 Burundi

 Hong Kong S.A.R.

 Netherlands

 Togo

 Cambodia

 Hungary

 Nicaragua

 Tonga

 Chad

 Iceland

 Nigeria

 Turkey

 Chile

 India

 Oman

 Tuvalu

 China

 Indonesia

 Palua

 Uganda

 Colombia

 Iran

 Panama

 Ukraine

 Costa Rica

 Iraq

 Papua New Guinea

 United Kingdom

 Croatia

 Israel

 Paraguay

 Uruguay

 Cyprus

 Italy

 Peru

 Uzbekistan

 Denmark

 Jamaica

 Philippines

 Venezuela

 Djibouti

 Japan

 Poland

 Vietnam

 Dominican Republic

 Kenya

 Romania

 Yemen

 Ecuador

 Kiribati

 Russia

 Zambia

 

For more information, contact USCIS' National Benefits Center, 1-877-424-8374; or e-mail nbc.hague@dhs.gov.





Last updated: 03/25/2009



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