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As an immigration lawyer, I often receive inquiries about the processing time for various forms and applications. One such form is the I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition. In this blog post, we will explore the I-600A processing time and provide a comprehensive guide to help you understand what to expect during this process.

 What is Form I-600A?

Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition, is a form filed by U.S. citizens who wish to adopt a child from another country. This form allows prospective adoptive parents to demonstrate their eligibility to adopt before identifying a specific child or initiating the adoption process in a foreign country.

Filing this application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) helps streamline the international adoption process by allowing prospective parents to complete certain steps before finding an eligible orphaned child.

Factors Affecting the I-600A Processing Time

The processing time for Form I-600A can vary depending on several factors:

 USCIS Workload

The number of applications received by USCIS at any given time can impact how quickly they are able to process your application. If there is a high volume of applications, it may take longer for your application to be processed.

Completeness of Your Application

An incomplete application can lead to delays in processing times as USCIS will need additional information or documentation before they can make a decision on your case. Ensuring that your application is complete and accurate when submitted can help minimize delays.

Background Checks

As part of the application process, prospective adoptive parents must undergo fingerprinting and background checks. The time it takes for these checks to be completed may also affect how long it takes for your I-600A application to be processed.

Country-Specific Factors

The country from which you plan to adopt may also impact the processing time of your I-600A application. Some countries have specific requirements or procedures that must be followed, which can affect how quickly your application is processed.

Average I-600A Processing Time

CategoryOffice80% of cases are completed within
U.S. citizen who plans to adopt a foreign-born childNational Benefits Center6 Months

While processing times can vary, the average processing time for Form I-600A is currently between 4 and 6 months. However, it’s important to note that individual cases may take longer or shorter periods depending on the factors mentioned above.

It’s essential to regularly check the USCIS website for updates on current processing times and any potential changes that may impact your case. You can also sign up for an account with USCIS to receive notifications about your case status.

Tips for a Smooth Application Process

To help ensure a smooth and timely application process, consider the following tips:

1. Review instructions carefully: Make sure you read and follow all instructions provided by USCIS when completing Form I-600A.

2. Submit all required documentation: Ensure that you submit all necessary documents along with your application to avoid delays.
3. Stay organized: Keep copies of all submitted documents and correspondence with USCIS in a safe place for easy reference.
4. Be proactive: If you experience any issues or delays during the process, don’t hesitate to contact USCIS or seek assistance from an experienced immigration lawyer.

I hope this comprehensive guide helps you better understand the I-600A processing time and what factors may impact it. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about international adoption or other immigration-related matters, feel free to reach out to us at EZ485  – we’re here to help!

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