India: U.S. Embassy Announces Changes to Visa Processing

March 2009

The United States Embassy announces that effective April 1, 2009 all Indian adoption case processing for India will take place in New Delhi. Centralizing adoptions in India will allow all adoption cases to benefit from the long-established working relationship between India’s Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA ), located in New Delhi, and the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.

During the initial period of adoptions processed under the The Hague Convention on the

Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption, it has become clear that the active involvement of CARA and the Embassy is critical to ensuring the smooth processing of Indian orphans by American citizens.

Centralization of adoptions includes all adoptions cases, both Hague and non-Hague. Adoption cases in process at the Consulates prior to April 1, 2009 will be processed to completion by the Consulates, unless there is a case-specific issue that requires the involvement of the Embassy and CARA.

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