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Disclaimer: The following is intended as a very general guide to assist U.S. citizens who plan to adopt a child in Haiti and apply for an immigrant visa for the child to come to the United States. Two sets of laws are particularly relevant: 1) the laws of Haiti govern all activity in Haiti including the adoptability of individual children as well as the adoption of children in country. 2) U.S. Federal immigration law governs the immigration of the child to the United States. The information in this flier relating to the legal requirements of specific foreign countries is based on public sources and our current understanding. It does not necessarily reflect the actual state of the laws of Haiti and is provided for general information only. Moreover, U.S. immigration law, including regulations and interpretation, changes from time to time. This flyer reflects our current understanding of the law as of this date and is not legally authoritative. Questions involving foreign and U.S. immigration laws and legal interpretation should be addressed respectively to qualified foreign or U.S. legal counsel.

PLEASE NOTE: The Department of State issued a revised Travel Warning for Haiti on July 8, 2004. The warning informs the public that the State Department has authorized the departure of family members and non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. The warning also encourages private U.S. citizens to evaluate their security situation and consider departing Haiti. Please see http://travel.state.gov/haiti_warning.html for the full text.

PATTERNS OF IMMIGRATION OF ADOPTED ORPHANS TO THE U.S.: Recent U.S. immigrant visa statistics reflect the following pattern for visa issuance to orphans

Fiscal Year

Number of Immigrant Visas Issued

FY 2003

250

FY 2002

187

FY 2001

192

FY 2000

130

FY 1999

96

Credits: U.S. Department of State

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