China: For Prospective Adoptive Parents Affected by the SARS Crisis


The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) announced an interim rule to assist prospective adoptive parents adopting from China who were affected by the SARS crisis. The BCIS Director now has the discretionary authority to extend the validity of the I-600A in cases where parents face processing delays as a direct result of the SARS-related suspension of processing. “Amending our regulations to account for this extraordinary circumstance is the prudent thing to do,” said BCIS Director Eduardo Aguirre. “It will allow us to help parents who complete their adoption, while continuing to protect the best interest of the child, which is, and must always be, our paramount concern.”

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