US Embassy Interview
Once the child has been adopted in Thailand the next process is to obtain the child’s travel documents. This includes a passport as well as a US visa in order to take her or him back to the United States. Once in the United States the “re-adoption” process will begin. See the front page of this website to see the adoption process flow.
US Embassy Adoption Interview
The responsibility of the US Embassy is to review the process again and determine the following:
- Review the I-800 petition;
- Verify that the child meets the criteria as an orphan;
- Check that you have legal custody;
- Check the visa medical reports;
- Confirm that the child has a Thai passport.
Once your adoption has been approved by the Thai Adoption Board then will issue you with the needed documents to issue the child with a Thai passport. The Embassy will check that this is available. The following documents will be needed by the US Embassy so ensure that you have copies in the event that they need to keep certain documents such as the child’s new birth certificate and the adoption decree. The documents needed at the interview are:
- Proof of your U.S. Citizenship (your passport)
- Marriage Certificate / Divorce and/or death certificate
- Verification of a favorably recommended home study
- Notification by USCIS of I-600A or I-800A approval
- Final adoption decree or official proof of custody from the country-of-origin
- The child’s birth certificate
- The child’s passport (from the child’s country of origin)
- The completed and signed medical examination report
- Police, military, or prison records, if required
- Three (3) frontal photographs of the child’s face
- The visa application (Form DS-230, Parts I and II)
- Completed I-600 petition (if it was not previously approved by USCIS) or I-800 petition.
Check with a lawyer in Thailand if you need assistance collecting the documents again or if you need assistance with obtain a Thai passport or registering the adoption at the local District Office. The adoption process can be time consuming and mistakes can creep in.
As stated before that certain States in the US do not have rules for readopting so you should check your local laws so you know what to do when you return back to the US. You do however have to notify the agency in the US that you and your child have arrived back in the US so that the bi-monthly report can begin which lasts for 6 months.
On another note. If you arrive in Thailand you will obtain a 30 day visa waiver at the airport. You might want to consider obtaining a proper Thai visa at the Thai Embassy in your country in the event you wish to stay a bit longer than the 30 days. There is a 60 day tourist visa or a 90 day “O” visa which stands for “other”. Usually a letter from your attorney in Thailand to the Embassy asking for an “O” visa to be granted on the bases of the adoption might help.