USCIS announced recently that it will not approve petitions filed on behalf of a child to be adopted from Vietnam. The petition that is to be filed is the Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative. The reason given by the Department of State (DOS) for USCIS halting processing of Form I-800s being filed on behalf of children to be adopted from Vietnam is because Vietnam is not capable of meeting the requirements under The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).
DOS generally issues the Hague Adoption Certificate or the Hague Custody Declaration in its counsular offices abroad. Only on issuance of this certificate can USCIS process a Form I-800. Now DOS will not be able to issue the required certification for cases involving adoption of Vietnamese children.
USCIS has urged U.S. parents not to file Form I-800 on behalf of a child from Vietnam and also not to file Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, identifying Vietnam as the country from which they seek to adopt.