Friday, April 25, 2008

U.S. Embassy - Haiti - Denial of Adopted Children's Visa Petitions

Dear adoptive families from the United States ---

Please know that since the U.S. Consulate office in Haiti has reopened, the visa officer who is in charge of approving visas to the U.S. for adopted children has denied two visa petitions.

The families are fighting to obtain the visas for their adopted children as I am posting this... PLEASE pray for these families and their adopted children!

Also, if you know of any other U.S. families in a similar situation, please email me!


Colleen said...

Do you know why are they denying visas?

Tim & Sarah said...

I would really like to know why also, so that I can be praying. I will be praying regardless, but would like to know what is going on.

Anonymous said...

If I have read the State departments manual on foreign adoption correctly she does not have the authority to deny an adoption. She can only refer the file to the regional USCIS office with her written concerns. Did I misunderstand this? said...

Please make sure that you include your email address because I cannot reply to you without it.

They cannot deny an adoption, BUT they can deny the visa! So, you have a child who is legally yours, but the child cannot come to live with you in the U.S.

The appeal has to be done within 30 days through a formal process at your local USCIS office. It costs money to appeal and you have to attach supporting documents to make your case as to why your child should have been approved for a visa. It is an uphill battle and statistically, those appeals usually do not overturn the previous decisions.

Any family in this kind of position, should hire an immigration attorney to help with the appeal. You get a one-time-shot at an appeal with a 30-day window.

Do a search on what happened in Sierra Leone a couple of years ago when they were denying visas there. Most of the children who were adopted by U.S. families whose visas were denied are still living in orphanages...some died... and a few U.S. families chose to move to Sierra Leone to be with their adopted child and to apply for an I-130 visa (non-orphan visa) AFTER having live in-country with the child for two years.

Anonymous said...

Vera, I would like to know the reasons, why families are been denied their children visa. what concerning to me is that none of the orphanages or creches are talking about the problem. I know about several children at least 9 that have gotten out of MOI for 3-4 months ago and none of them are home and no one wants to share the reasons.