Because the U.S. State Department has determined that Fiji does not have a fully functional Hague Adoption Convention process and therefore still cannot certify adoption decrees or custody orders obtained in Fiji for children who habitually reside there, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will not approve I-800 petitions for children from Fiji at this time.
On August 1, 2012, Fiji joined the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). However, the Department of State (State) has determined that Fiji does not yet have a fully functional convention process in place. State consular officers cannot certify that adoption decrees or custody orders obtained in Fiji for a child who is a resident of Fiji have been issued in compliance with the Hague Adoption Convention. Without this certification, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) cannot approve a Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative.
Because U.S. prospective adoptive parents cannot complete the immigration process for an adopted child from Fiji, USCIS advises these parents not to file any Form I-800 on behalf of a child to be adopted from Fiji, as the USCIS National Benefits Center will reject these petitions. USCIS also advises families not to file Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, identifying Fiji as the country from which they intend to adopt.
USCIS will promptly advise the public when State determines that Fiji has a fully functional Hague Adoption Convention system. If State makes this determination, USCIS will begin processing Forms I- 800 for adoptions from Fiji.