Can you adopt an illegal immigrant? To Adopt a Foreign-Born Person, They Must Be Under 16
For immigration purposes, only children can be adopted, and the adoption must be finalized before the child turns 16 years of age. Because adoption itself can be a lengthy process, you’re probably better off starting when the child is age 15 or younger.
Do you need to be a U.S. citizen to adopt a child? You must be a U.S. Citizen. If you are unmarried, you must be at least 25 years old. If you are married, you must jointly adopt the child (even if you are separated but not divorced), and your spouse must also be either a U.S. citizen or in legal status in the United States.
Can you get citizenship by adopting a child? If an adopted child meets all the conditions of INA 320, their family can file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, with the fee. If approved, the adopted child will receive a Certificate of Citizenship. The child will receive a Green Card by mail.
Does adoption count Immigration? Yes. Under United States law, intercountry adoptees are treated as immigrants for citizenship purposes and must “immigrate” to the United States by entering the country with an immigrant visa. Those visas, which relate to adoption, are known by the following visa codes: IR-3, IH-3, IR-4, and IH-4 visas.