Adult Adoption and Immigration in the U.S.

Is it possible to adopt an adult foreigner in the United States? The answer to that question is yes. Unfortunately, however, adopting a foreigner does not give them a leg or up revise the immigration process they would otherwise have to go through were they not adopted. If a U.S. citizen adopts a foreign adult, that may entitle the adoptee to inheritance rights. U.S. immigration laws, however, do not extend special immigration benefits to that person based on the adoption. These adult adoptions may be legal; but they don’t affect immigration status. Read on to learn the about adult adoption and immigration in the U.S and what five elements must be present in order for a U.S. citizen to adopt an undocumented immigrant.

U.S. Adult Adoption and Immigration Scams

Immigration to the United States is a dream for many. Often, people seeking a way to immigrate to the U.S. find themselves unsuspectingly the subject of scams and end up being victims of fraudsters. One such scam has been promoted by companies offering adult adoption and immigration services as a pathway to U.S. citizenship in the United States.

In February, 2016, a California man was charged in a phony adult and immigration program that he had operated over 4 years. During the period of October 2012 to January 2016, the program enticed foreigners seeking to immigrate by falsely claiming that an immigrant adult could obtain U.S. citizenship by being adopted by American citizens. The company sold their sham adult adoption and immigration services to individuals who were willing to pay out $5,000 to $10,000 for the chance to be adopted.

The U.S. Attorney, Benjamin Wagner, who prosecuted the case stated:

The indictment returned alleges a particularly predatory and manipulative type of fraud that takes advantage of the hopes and dreams of undocumented immigrants to extract fees based on false promises. The adoption of adult aliens is not a legitimate path to U.S. citizenship. While the charges against this defendant are only allegations at this point, no one should pay fees to anyone making false promises of citizenship through adult adoption.

If convicted, Helaman Hansen, along with others, could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Legal Criteria to Adopt an Undocumented Immigrant

1. An Adult Undocumented Immigrant Must Meet Minimum Age Requirements

U.S. law allows individuals 16-years-old and under to be adopted. The U.S. also allows an adoption of a child 18-years-old and under in the event the adopting child is a sibling of a child (under the age of 16) who has been or will be adopted by the same adoptive parents. Because the adoption process is rather lengthy, you should start the process when the child is 15-years-old or younger.

2. The Adopting Parent Must Meet Marriage or Age Requirements

The child must be adopted by a married U.S. citizen and spouse, or the adopting single parent must be at least 25-years-old. The adopting parent must be found suitable and eligible to adopt and have the intent to create a legal permanent relationship.

3. The Child Must Be Eligible for Intercountry Adoption

The Central Authority of the child’s country of origin must determine that a child is eligible for intercountry adoption. The proposed adoption placement must be accepted by the Central Authority. The child must yet have been adopted or placed within the custody of the prospective parent.

4. Legal Consent of Biological Parent Must Be Obtained

The child’s biological parents or parent must provide irrevocable legal consent for the adoption to occur. Consent must be written and reflect the termination of parental rights.

5. The Biological Parents are Unable to Provide Proper Care for the Child

The biological parents or parent that provides irrevocable consent to the adoption must be unable to provide proper care for the child. The standard of care will be based on the child’s country of origin living standards.

Once the above criteria is met, the adoption of an undocumented immigrant in the U.S. can occur. There are several forms that must be completed during the adoption process. Contact A People’s Choice for help.

How to Obtain A Green Card for an Adopted Child

In order for an adopted immigrant to receive a green card, the parent must have physical and legal custody of the child for at least two years. The child must have lived with the parent for at least two years prior to filing a petition for permanent resident status. If the child entered the U.S. illegally, once the two year period ends, a parent can file a visa petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. An approved case will be transferred to a U.S. consulate abroad. If the child entered the U.S. legally, a parent can file an adjustment of status application with the USCIS.

Adult Adoption Does Not Affect Immigration or Citizenship Status

In short, as an adult, no one can become a citizen of the United States through the adoption by citizens of the United States. If immigrants are not careful, they can lose a lot of money to criminals who make false claims and promises. If someone is interested in immigrating to the United States or obtaining legal green card status, they should hire a professional who routinely handles a variety of immigration matters. Contact A People’s Choice for more information on adult adoption or immigration services and how to legally adopt an adult undocumented immigrant.

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Sandra M. McCarthy, founder of A People’s Choice Inc., has worked exclusively in the legal field since 1976. She served as the 2004-2005 President of CALDA (California Association of Legal Document Assistants). She obtained a Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During her career in the legal field, she has worked as a freelance paralegal, law office manager and paralegal studies teacher, and has co-authored numerous legal publications and written hundreds of self-help legal articles. As a registered Legal Document Assistant, Sandy is dedicated to providing affordable, low-cost, self-help document preparation services for California consumers in all 58 counties.


  1. Jon April 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Hi Sandy,

    I wanted to get some clarification one thing in the article. I know you have stated that adult adoption does not give a step up in the immigration process; does this mean that if I adopt an adult form a foreign country, immigration services will not recognize the adopted adult as my child? Or would I be able to file for an Unmarried child under the age of 21 of a U.S. citizens as if the adult was my naturally born child? Thank you.

    • Sandy McCarthy April 10, 2019 at 5:27 pm

      I do not believe that adult adoption would provide any benefit regarding immigration whatsoever.

  2. Sharon Marders March 3, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Hi Ma’am Sandy,

    I am single and 47 year old Filipina. My 70 year old uncle who is a US citizen and single wanted me to live with him in California for company and inheritance purposes. Can he legally adopt me as his daughter?

    • Sandy McCarthy March 8, 2019 at 6:17 am

      Adult adoption requires both parties to attend the hearing. Some courts require a copy of SS card and DL. If you cannot these requirements you probably should talk to a lawyer.

  3. Mrion March 1, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Hi Ms. Sandy,
    I’m a green card holder here in us. My step father adopted me when I was 22 yrs old. After the adoption process they gave me a new birth certificate. The court got my old birth certificate. I’m just wondering if am I citizen already or do I need to go to embassy and file for citizenship?

    • Sandy McCarthy March 8, 2019 at 6:04 am

      Adoption has nothing to do with gaining citizenship. I would contact an immigration attorney as soon as possible.

  4. Mrion February 28, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Hi Ms. Sandy, I’m a green card holder. My step father adopted me when I was 22 yrs old. After the adoption process they gave me a new birth certificate from the state and got my old birth certificate from my country. Just wondering if I’m already a citizen since the government gave already a birth certificate?or do I need to go to us embassy to ask them and give them my green card since I have already my birth certificate?

    • Sandy McCarthy March 1, 2019 at 7:05 am

      Hi Mrion – I wouuld not be able to answer that question – sorry.

  5. Kasey Weaver February 14, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    I would like to adopt a 33 year old German man. It is for purely familial reasons to make him legally my son and heir. We have no desire for him to move or change citizenship. I am 53 years old and single.

    • Sandy McCarthy February 14, 2019 at 8:31 pm

      Adult adoption in California requires both parties to attend the hearing.

    • Sandy McCarthy February 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm

      Both parties would need to be able to attend the court hearing in person.

  6. Blanca February 1, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    . Hi Sandy . I lived in texas since i was 14 years with my ant . The final adoption ends when i was 16 years . Old can i get a green card..

    • Sandy McCarthy February 2, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      You need to talk to attorney. We do not handle immigration processes nor can we give you legal advice with regards to this.

  7. Sherry Pierce January 29, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I am 65 and began supporting an orphan in Haiti since the 2010 quake. He is now 23 yrs old and learned English so he can communicate by text with me, which we do at least weekly. He finished school and then a 1 yr certificate auto repair program and owns a small home we h as d built for him in Haiti. He wants to come visit us but was denied a tourist visa as he has no employment, not unusual in Haiti. If we adopt him, would that help him get a visa to visit as “immediate family” … he is NOT attempting to get a green card.

    • Sandy McCarthy February 2, 2019 at 7:17 pm

      I do not believe adopting him would help him get a visa.
      check with an attorney.

  8. Jessica Herrera January 27, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Hello. I have family and friends in Mexico. One couple is expecting but can not support the child financially and crime is VERY high in their area. I was wondering, as an alternative to putting their baby in an orphanage, could both parents sign the child over to a US citizen? Not an adoption, but a permanent guardianship?

    • Sandy McCarthy February 2, 2019 at 7:35 pm

      I do not have an answer to this question. I would suggest you get legal advice with regards to this.

  9. Melissa Ramos January 5, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Is it possible to adopt a 17 year old relative living in Guatemala before he is 18 years old (which he will be in 8 months)?

    • Sandy McCarthy January 5, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      Would recommend yow speak with a lawyer.

  10. cremildes winn December 20, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Hi i am a american citizen and my husband to.But i have a son who was born in Brazil.I became citizen about 15 years ago my husband was born here.When we got married my son was 11 years old .My son now is 35.he has green card .My husband wants to adopt my son .If my husband adopt my son who now is 35 and has green card can became american citizen?

    • Sandy McCarthy December 28, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Adult adoption does not impact immigration or the standard immigration process.

  11. Renee Gordon December 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    A Venezuela mom and her son has lived in Missouri for almost 3 years she couldn’t speak any English she chose to go back to Venezuela and left him here he’s been living with me for 4 months wanted me to adopt him his brother in law called immigration and he was deported today is there anything I can do

    • Sandy McCarthy December 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      I would suggest you speak to an attorney.

  12. Raya Ellis December 17, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Sandy, can you adopt an 18 year old?

    • Sandy McCarthy December 19, 2018 at 8:50 am

      There is a process called adult adoption in California which allows for one adult to adopt another adult.

  13. Robert November 30, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Interesting situation here. I have a yng man here from Nicaragua, 27 yr old.
    He came to US illegally when he was only 11 yrs old. He was abandoned by mom in orphanage in Nicaragua. His dad died.
    He has no family here or there.
    He was put into child services system as a juvenile in US and given a residence status. Now he’s in prisonon an identity theft crime. Was told that he should have no problems with ICE. Now he’s being told he has a detainer. I would like to adopt this yng man.
    Would it help to reinstate or secure his residency status if i were to adopt him as an adult? Please advise. Thanks!

    • Sandy McCarthy December 1, 2018 at 1:33 am

      As indicated in the article, Adult adoption does not offer any benefits to the standard US immigration or residential status process.

  14. Kim November 22, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    I am a 26 year old American citizen. What is the process and first steps to take in adopting my mother or making her a citizen?

    • Sandy McCarthy November 25, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Adult adoption does not affect immigration or citizenship.

  15. Alejandra November 12, 2018 at 10:07 am

    I am an adult US citizen, can my illegal immigrant stepfather adopt me?
    Eventhough my mother and him never married?

    • Sandy McCarthy November 13, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Most courts ask for copies of Social Security card and DL license. Not sure your stepfather would be able to provide the required documentation.

  16. Sharon August 23, 2018 at 10:21 am

    What is the process to adopt a 30 year old adult from Uganda. He is a Pastor and we want to make him a legal son in our family.

    • Sandy McCarthy August 24, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      If he is here in the United States you can probably file an adult adoption proceeding. Keep in mind that adoption does not have any bearing on immigration.

  17. Ysaline August 15, 2018 at 11:36 am

    If an adult gets adopted it doesn’t change anything on immigration, but can they then ask for a family based green card?

    • Sandy McCarthy August 15, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Adult adoption does not affect immigration in any way so do not assume they will be able to then ask for a family based green card. Check with an immigration attorney.

  18. Elio July 30, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Hi Sandy, Thanks for your article.
    I’m 26 years old, a non immigrant on F-1 visa. Can my friend who is 70+ years old adopt me as a stepparent or single parent? She lives alone, divorced a while ago, and I’d like to help her whenever she needs. But she lives in California and I’m in New Jersey. I know that you stated my immigration process would not get affected if that’s the case for me, what if my visa expires?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Sandy McCarthy August 2, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      I cannot comment on your question. If your visa expires that would make your stay illegal which surely would be problematic. You may want to speak to a lawyer.

  19. Raj July 20, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Hello Sandy,
    I am currently in the US on Work visa. If I adapt my friends daughter who is 18, will she be my dependent? She is currently in the US on Student visa and I take care of her college expenses and she lives with me. I am not sure if this is a question for an immigration attorney but wanted to check with you.

    Thank you

    • Sandy McCarthy July 21, 2018 at 8:52 am

      We are not able to comment on your question. Sorry.

  20. Jay July 18, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Sandy,
    Is it possible for my grandparents to adopt me as an adult. I am not a citizen and am past 18 years of age. 26 to be precise. I am also currently pursuing my masters in the states and am a legal non immigrant.

    • Sandy McCarthy July 20, 2018 at 8:10 am

      If you were here legally in the United States, yes I would think it would be possible for your grandparents and you to file an adult adoption. Keep in mind that not all states offer adult adoption like California does. I’m not sure where you live but if you live in California and you want help with regards to the paperwork, please give our office a call at 800-747-2780.

  21. Lahcen July 6, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Dear Sandy, I’am a legal immigrant here in the US, and I’am 27, I live by myself I want just to ask if I still able to be adopted by an American Family, if It still possible What Should I do?. thank you .

    • Sandy McCarthy July 6, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      Please direct your question to an attorney. If you get the green light and want to proceed with the paperwork you can contact our office.

  22. Nora Johnson June 30, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Dear Sandy, I am a Filipina married to a US citizen we live here in the USA with my 90 year old mother in law… Is it possible for my husband and his mom to adopt my 23 old niece in the Philippines. Thank you

    • Sandy McCarthy July 1, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      She would have to bee here to attend the hearing and it would NOT give her any leg up regarding the standard and normal immigration process. You may want to talk to immigration attorney as well.

  23. Devereaux Galloway June 16, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Dear sandy my friend did everything she was supposed to, shes 18 and was here for two years, her grandparents who are legal residents adopted when she was 16 and she still isn’t allowed to have her green card, what should she do

    • Sandy McCarthy June 16, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      As the article indicates, adult adoption does not change the immigration process nor give someone a leg up getting a green card.

  24. Troy Shearburn June 5, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I’m trying to find out the best way to bring this young man to Colorado USA and I’ve had a hard time of it. I need info on what I can do to bring this young man into my home until he’s old enough to go to collage. He is 15 and is sleeping at a friends house because both parent are dead and his sister died not that long ago.

    He is a smart young man but I’m afraid he’s falling behind in school because he can’t afford it. He will be going to school and collage. I just want to help any way I can, I just need some one to tell me which direction to start

    • Sandy McCarthy June 5, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      You did not indicate where this person lives. If they live in another country. I would speak to an immigration lawyer.

  25. Vidita June 1, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Hey I am an 26 years old Indian girl an American lady wants to sponsor a green card for me but I don’t know on what basis can she sponsor me a green card?

    • Sandy McCarthy June 2, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      I do not know either. Talk to an immigration attorney.

  26. Shellon mason April 12, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Sandy can i adopt a child to the US which is 17 years at the moment ?

    • Sandy McCarthy April 12, 2018 at 3:23 am

      Talk to an attorney who does both immigration and adoption.

  27. Vee March 27, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Hi Sandy,
    My aunt who is a green card holder wants to file for adoption, will It affect my immigration status considering the fact that she’s family.

    • Sandy McCarthy March 30, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Is your aunt adopting you? Is the person being adopted an adult or a minor? I would suggestion you talk to an immigration lawyer on this issue.

  28. Philip March 25, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Hello Sandy. I am a 54 year old U.S. citizen and for a few years I have sponsored a young Colombian adult born with cleft lip and palate. His father died when he was an infant and his mother has 7 other children and didn’t care for him properly. I have been to Colombia several times and I was able to get him a B1/B2 visa to come to Illinois to get a major surgery. He is now back in Colombia, but the visa is good for 10 years for visits and medical purposes only. He is 23 years old. I completely understand that I cannot sponsor him under any type of immigrant visa – I am not asking about immigration. I will probably move to Colombia when I retire from work. I am only interested in adopting him. He calls me dad and I call him my son. I want to codify this relationship. Also there is no common law in the Colombian legal system and inheritance goes to the legal children of the deceased. So I will also adopt him in Colombia, if they allow it. But my assets are in the USA, so I want my own country to also recognize him as my son. Any advice? Thanks

    • Sandy McCarthy March 26, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      The adult adoption process requires both parties to appear in person.I know some courts do request a copy of a some type of valid ID and a copy of the adoptee’s birth certificate.

  29. Fred March 7, 2018 at 4:27 am

    Hello Sandy…path to citizenship and immigration aside. I have a friend that is looking into adopting a 19 year old from India so that the student can attend their college in the U.S. for little to no cost. The student could then come here on a visa to get a better education. What are your thoughts on this? And how complex is the process?

    Thank you for your all your responses. Amazing.

    • Sandy McCarthy March 12, 2018 at 1:40 am

      I am not sure that would work. I would suggest talking to an attorney first to get some direction and if you learn that an adult adoption would be appropriate, contact us for assistance with the paperwork.

  30. Ben March 6, 2018 at 4:39 am

    If u have a permit to work in the USA can I still b adopted ?

    • Sandy McCarthy March 6, 2018 at 4:47 am

      Not every state in the US has adult adoption. Where do you live? You might want to ask an attorney first to make sure this is an option for you.

  31. Tara March 5, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Sandy, I was adopted by my uncle before I turned to 16 and after like 2 or 3 years, my uncle’s family migrate to US and I had to stay in my home country cos of the studies. Now Im like 23 years old and my uncle want me to migrate to where they are. So my question is is that possible for me to migrate US as a green card holder? Thank you

    • Sandy McCarthy March 6, 2018 at 4:45 am

      Hi Tara – I do not know if it is possible. I would have your uncle contact an immigration attorney in the US.

  32. Leela Pitani March 2, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Hi Sandy, My daughter is 17 yrs 9 mths old. She will be completing 18 yrs on 30th May. Can she be adopted by my Brother-in-law who has Citizenship of US. By getting adopted, will she be US Citizen too ?
    If so is this time sufficient for her to get adopted ?

    • Sandy McCarthy March 2, 2018 at 3:05 am

      Hi Leela: I would contact an international adoption lawyer with regards to this matter.

  33. estephanie February 14, 2018 at 2:37 am

    HI , I was brought here in a airplane when I was just a few months old – I was a baby and I was brought here by my aunt’s husband. He went for a trip to Mexico and my mom’s sister told him to take me with him and to tell my aunt to take care of me since she couldn’t raise me. My uncle/ dad and mom/aunt have been taking care of me ever since in the U.S. I am 17 years old but would want to know if there is any way they could still adopt me since back then they really didn’t get a chance to legally adopt me. I’m scared it won’t be possible to do that process since I’m 17 now but i really would want to get adopted if I can so I can get a social security number since I have a heart problem which I am getting treated here for. I’m scared that once I’m over 18 I won’t have medical and the costs for my heart problem would be a lot plus I would want to travel and at least get a visa or green card in order to travel to Mexico and visit my real parents. Do you have any suggestions? Do you think I will be able to do this process?

    • Sandy McCarthy February 14, 2018 at 3:17 am

      I would speak to an immigration attorney regarding this issue. Unfortunately Adult adoption has absolutely nothing to do with immigration.

  34. Carol February 13, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Hi. I have a nephew i love and want to adopt. His father was an American but he forfeited his American citizenship when he was 18. Didn’t want to be drafted… My nephew would have been an American… His father also abandoned his first family and my nephew is alone. I want to adopt him, though he is over 30…I am getting old, and just had a stroke… I have no kids. My nephew is willing to care for me . I know adoption means nothing for the immigration process of an adult adopteee… Do you know if there is a way to bring him over to live with me? Can I hire him as my caregiver?

    • Sandy McCarthy February 13, 2018 at 2:23 am

      Hi Carol – I would suggest you talk to an immigration attorney with regards to the possible options to get your nephew here to United States.

  35. Forbi February 6, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Am 21yr old Cameroonian and my godfather is a US citizen he wants me to come over and live with him for some time(couple of years so I can work) ,what’s the easiest way for me to get a Visa to the US

    • Sandy McCarthy February 7, 2018 at 2:39 am

      I would speak to an immigration attorney regarding this matter.

  36. Hinna hanan January 10, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Hi Sandy..I adopted a son in Pakistan about 6 years ago.i use to go to Pakistan to see him every few years but now Pakistan have security issue and I have some health issue which won’t allow me to travel I Wana bring my adopted son to America he is 25 years old there is any chance to bring him here so he can live with me ?

    • Sandy McCarthy January 12, 2018 at 4:19 am

      It is my understanding that the adoption process does not circumvent the standard immigration process. I would suggest you talk with an immigration attorney to get more details on what your options are.

  37. Lisa Sisson December 29, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    we adopted a 10 year old child from Uganda in 2016. When we were there we found out she had a 16 year old sister. In Aug 2017 we brought the sister over on a F- 1 Student Visa. We are in the process of adopting her. (she just turned 18)
    Will any consideration be given to her obtaining a green card due to the fact we already adopted her younger sister who is now a US citizen?

    • Sandy McCarthy January 3, 2018 at 4:57 am

      Hi Lisa – not sure sisterhood will impact the immigration process for a green card. You may want to consult with an immigration attorney for legal advice!

  38. Johanna Robinson December 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Sandy,
    We have recently found my adopted children’s older brother. He is currently 19. He has spent several weeks with us and we would like to do anything in our power to adopt him as he has no family in Latvia. Is there a way to get him here legally and obtain a green card after two years? Because he is biologically related to American citizens I am hoping this will help. Thank you so kindly.

    • Sandy McCarthy December 25, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      As the article states, adoption of an adult and the US immigration process have no correlation to each other. You may want to speak to an immigration attorney regarding getting this person to the US legally and obtaining a green card.

  39. Ginny December 15, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    My husband and I would like to adopt our adult son who is a PRA.
    He came to live with us in 1991 through the Amerasian Act. We are thinking about avoiding inheritance issues in the future.
    Is it possible to adopt an adult permanent resident alien?

    • Sandy McCarthy December 25, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      I an a little confused because you refer to adopting your own adult son which does not make sense. Is he legally your son? If so, why would you need to adopt him? Please contact our office at 800-747-2780 for further help.

  40. Kerry Ann December 14, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Hello Sandy, I am in desperate need of your advise. I am was adopted by my aunt in Canada who has passed. Conditions were terrible. I moved to the states to live with my biological mother. Lived with her for a while then moved back to Canada. My aunt who adopted me has since passed. Ive been trying to find information on how my biological mother may adopt me (I’m 39 years old). Is this possible. I would also like to state that I am a Canadian Citizen who has overstayed my welcome. My mother is a permanent resident of the United States.

    Second part to this question, if adoption is possible, would she be able to sponsor me to adjust my status.

    • Sandy McCarthy December 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Unfortunately the adult adoption process does not circumvent the normal immigration process. Were you not born in the US?

  41. Esteban Almendariz December 10, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Hi my name is Esteban and im from the US, you see when i was born my mom put my real dad’s brother name as my dad, so im going to be 21 next year and i was wondering if my real dad(which he is married to my mom and always lived together) can adopt me so i can gave him any status of citizen or green card

    • Sandy McCarthy December 10, 2017 at 4:54 am

      As far as I am aware, adult adoption has no associative benefits to immigration. You may want to speak with an attorney .

  42. Carlos December 8, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Hello Sandy, Can I adopt my 17 year old nephew from Venezuela? and what do I need to do to make it as soon as it’s possible

    • Sandy McCarthy December 8, 2017 at 3:38 am

      This would not be considered an adult adoption. Suggest you speak with an attorney.

      • Carlos December 8, 2017 at 3:59 am

        So can he obtain a greencard if I bring him with me before he turns 18?

        • Sandy McCarthy December 8, 2017 at 4:00 am

          I do not know. I would suggest talking to an immigration attorney.

  43. Mark December 5, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Hi Sandy
    With the understanding it wouldn’t affect immigration status, could the adoption of a 19-year old German girl allow her to be covered under our family health insurance until age 26 whilebik college in the US?

    • Sandy McCarthy December 7, 2017 at 5:16 am

      I cannot answer that question. You may want to ask your insurance carrier.

  44. king December 4, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Hii i am from india my best friend have a citizenship in usa so he or his family is legally adopt me there then i will living there as a usa citizen after adoption im 20 years old this could be possible

    • Sandy McCarthy December 4, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      As the article indicates, if a U.S. citizen adopts a foreign adult, that may entitle the adoptee to inheritance rights. U.S. immigration laws, however, do not extend special immigration or citizenship benefits to that person based on the adoption. You would have to proceed through standard immigration procedures. You may want to contact an immigration attorney for advice on this.

  45. Ola November 15, 2017 at 1:43 am

    I have a friend who is a adult US citizen and has an older sister in another country who is like a mother to him cos their mother is late. Can she adopt him as a son and can he subsequently file for her to immigrate as an adoptive parent?

    • Sandy McCarthy November 17, 2017 at 4:25 am

      Adult adoption has no affect on the US immigration process.

  46. Yasir Morshid November 11, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Hi Sandy , I am a citizen I adopted 2kids 12 month ago first one 12year old second one 15 year old but they came to the United States in a different name also they have no passport there passport was take in by the immigration . Can I steel apply for them

    • Sandy McCarthy November 12, 2017 at 4:44 am

      You probably should speak to an immigration attorney.

  47. Bianca November 10, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Hi Sandy!

    What if an illegal immigrant living in the US wants to adopt a US born adult? I cannot seem to find much information about that. Would deportation become involved?

    • Sandy McCarthy November 18, 2017 at 5:10 am

      I am not sure that would be possible.

  48. Sara October 30, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Sandy, if I were to adopt an illegal immigrant living in U.S. who has a legal child age 7 born here, and the Mother were to be deported, would I have a right to keep the child here rather than CPS taking charge of her?

    • Sandy McCarthy October 31, 2017 at 3:52 am

      Hi Sara – looks like you. need “legal advice” which you would have to get from a lawyer.

  49. Joel October 12, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Hi there good day!.. i would like to know if a 22 year old man that get married and divorce, would it be possible for him to be adopt by a U.S.citizen

    • Sandy McCarthy October 13, 2017 at 5:47 am

      I believe so but please make sure you read the article as it does not affect the immigration process. Please talk to a lawyer if you need legal advice.

  50. Hector October 5, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I just turned 18 and I’ve lived with my uncle since I was a freshman. I entered the U.S. with a tourist visa and if he were to adopt me, would I have the chance to obtain a green card?

    • Sandy McCarthy October 8, 2017 at 9:02 am

      As the blog article indicates, the adult adoption process in California does not benefit in any way, circumvent or benefit the normal immigration process one would have to go through.

      • Akhil October 9, 2017 at 8:46 am

        hi sandy.
        Im Akhil, 26years, indian student living with F1 visa in california. US citizen wants to adopt me they are 60+ and have no kids yet, so whats the procedure and will it works ??

        • Sandy McCarthy October 9, 2017 at 8:58 am

          They probably can file an adult adoption in California if they live here but it will not affect the normal immigration process as the article states not will it give you any special immigration benefits.

  51. Christine Sweat September 27, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Thank you Sandy,
    I understand what you wrote me.
    So he would have to go through immigration and naturalization processes.
    Is this right? This is the way I believe I read on another site. So I told him all legal procedures have to be addressed. Correct.
    Thank you again Christine

    • Sandy McCarthy September 27, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      That is my understand. He should speak with an immigration attorney once he is here.

  52. Christine Sweat September 23, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I’m the God Mother of a 32 yr old young man from INDIA. If he comes to the United States for awhile on a visa is it possible to adopt him. We are very close and his family in India are very happy that we want to adopt him. We have no heirs so he would become the only heir .
    We are born in the USA as were our great grandparents. He has always been like a son to us. Thank you, Christine

    • Sandy McCarthy September 24, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Hi Christine – you can certainly adopt this young man however it is my understanding adult adoption will not modify any immigration process or give them any special standing in the US for a green card or work visa or other process. Keep this in mind when deciding to proceed.

  53. Narinder singh September 20, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Hi i am Indian age 26 I just got adopted in US my question is what are my legal rights am i authorise to work there..? if not then what should i do to get work visa .. please give me some clearity

    • Sandy McCarthy September 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Unfortunately Adult adoption does not impact immigration if work visa eligibility. I would suggest you talk to an attorney.

  54. Ken Her August 13, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Hi Sandy — I am an adult US citizen. My friend’s mother who is living in India wants to adopt me, what process would she and I need to take? My friend’s mother is not looking to apply for admission to the US, she simply want to make the adoption legal.

    Can you recommend an immigration firm?


    • Sandy McCarthy August 13, 2017 at 3:50 am

      Hi Ken: I am not sure why you would be asking about an immigration firm if this is merely an adult adoption. The two processes are not related whatsoever.

  55. Omar August 5, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Hi! I would like to know if I could be adopted? For a random family in the US?
    I’m 17 and I have no family because my country is at war, since I lost my family behind Somalia I flee in Sweden. Unfortunately the Swedish athorities cannot do that much so I would like still live my dream and live in the US. So if is there anything u could do for or suggest anything that could be good. Thanks

    • Sandy McCarthy August 6, 2017 at 2:00 am

      As the article explains, adult adoption does not change the normal immigration process.

  56. Noni July 22, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Sandy, I have a friend who is on H1B visa in the US and is trying to get out of an abusive marriage. Will adult adoption help her to stay in the US (get a green card or something)? The divorce process in India takes around 20-25 years if one spouse is not consenting to the divorce and also her life would be in danger if she files for it in India. Her husband is in India.

    • Sandy McCarthy July 23, 2017 at 1:02 am

      As the article specifically indicates, adult adoption has no effect on a person immigrating. I would recommend you have your friend speak with an immigration lawyer to see what other options she may have. She certainly can still be adopted by an adult in the United States, however it will not help her in anyway regarding her immigration.

  57. Serafin Dulla June 22, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I’m a dual citizen (US-Filipino) can i file a petition to sponsor my adopted child who is 28 yrs old now to immigrate to US. The adoption was filed when she was already 24 yrs old and she is married. But she had lived with me ever since she was a baby. I’m 83 yrs old now and maintaining my residency here in Philippines. The adoption was granted.

    • Sandy McCarthy June 22, 2017 at 4:21 am

      Unfortunately our office cannot offer you legal advice regarding immigration issues. We are not attorneys. You would need to speak to an immigration attorney.

  58. Peter June 4, 2017 at 3:59 am

    I’m 25 but my uncle would like to adopt me. He lives in California. So after adopting can I work in US?

    • Sandy McCarthy June 4, 2017 at 4:03 am

      If you are allowed to work in the US before the adoption, nothing would change. Adult adoption is not, however, a stepping stone towards immigration. Please speak with an immigration attorney.

      • Hamnews November 12, 2018 at 3:53 am

        If foreign adult is adopted by US citizen. Will adoption change there visa status. Means is he eligible to work in US. Not green card only tourist to working visa.

        • Sandy McCarthy November 13, 2018 at 8:26 pm

          As mentioned in the article, adult adoption does not in any way affect immigration or green card status.

  59. Fadwa nahhas April 22, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Can a 23 old adult be adopted? I’m his godmother 67 year old and a citizen?

    • Sandy McCarthy April 23, 2017 at 1:24 am

      The only requirement is that there be a 10 year age difference. Please contact us at 800-747-2780 if you would like assistance in preparing and filing an adult adoption proceeding. Keep in mind that an adult adoption proceeding has no affect on immigration procedures.

  60. Emmanuel Osei Judah April 22, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    please Madam Sarah,I am a Ghanaian boy.14years of age and i want to be adopted in the USA by a family

    • Sandy McCarthy April 23, 2017 at 1:25 am

      We are not an adoption agency nor do we provide those types of services.

  61. Jacques Matheny April 22, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Hello, my sister passed away in Venezuela. My nephew is left homeless. He is an adult Venezuelan. Im a US citizen. He is here in the US with me now. How can we keep him in the US. He has no home or place to live in Venezuela.

    • Sandy McCarthy April 22, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      I would check with an immigration attorney to get some legal advice to see what options may he available under this situation.

  62. Mohammed Tajuddin April 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Hello hi im from India and i have a best friend in USA where i have met him through facebook…im just 18 years old and i would like to know would it be possible if he adopts me so i can be qualified with a American greencard? Thankyou.

    • Sandy McCarthy April 18, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      As the article indicates, if a U.S. citizen adopts a foreign adult, that may entitle the adoptee to inheritance rights. U.S. immigration laws, however, do not extend special immigration benefits to that person based on the adoption. You would have to proceed through standard immigration procedures. You may want to contact an immigration attorney for advice on this.

  63. erica bernal April 11, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Dear sandy can a citizen adopt a mexican adult?if yes whats the process and how long it takes for her to get a creen card

    • Sandy McCarthy April 12, 2017 at 3:14 am

      As far as I am aware that is possible; however you need to keep in mind as the article indicates that adult adoption does NOT give an alien entry to the US outside the standard immigration process that would apply to all immigrants…meaning it does not give someone special privileges to obtain a green card that would be different than if they were not adopted.

    • Maria July 3, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      How I can adopt my disable sister live in Argentina she is death and she have mental problems

      • Sandy McCarthy July 3, 2018 at 8:40 pm

        1) Both parties must personally appear in court. 2) adoption does to affect ability or right to immigrate to US.

  64. Michael Nkwo April 3, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Dear Sandra,
    Please what is the process and the criterials for a U.S citizen to adopt a a Nigerian adult?

    • Sandy McCarthy April 4, 2017 at 3:55 am

      Filing an adult adoption does not affect the immigration process at all.

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