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DISCLAIMER: The following is intended as a very general guide to assist U.S. citizens who plan to adopt a child in Chile and apply for an immigrant visa for the child to come to the United States. Two sets of laws are particularly relevant: 1) the laws of Chile govern all activity in Chile including the adoptability of individual children as well as the adoption of children in country. 2) U.S. Federal immigration law governs the immigration of the child to the United States. The information in this flier relating to the legal requirements of specific foreign countries is based on public sources and our current understanding. It does not necessarily reflect the actual state of the laws of Chile and is provided for general information only. Moreover, U.S. immigration law, including regulations and interpretation, changes from time to time. This flyer reflects our current understanding of the law as of this date and is not legally authoritative. Questions involving foreign and U.S. immigration laws and legal interpretation should be addressed respectively to qualified foreign or U.S. legal counsel.

PLEASE NOTE: Priority is given to Chilean families over non-Chilean families who wish to adopt. Most of the children available for international adoption are age 4 and older. Not all children eligible for adoption in Chile meet U.S. immigration requirements to receive an orphan visa; it is important that adopting families consult with the Embassy before beginning any adoption procedures to ensure it complies with U.S. law.

Under Chilean law, children to be adopted may not leave the country until the adoption is complete.


PATTERNS OF IMMIGRATION OF ADOPTED ORPHANS TO THE U.S.: Recent U.S. immigrant visa statistics reflect the following pattern for visa issuance to orphans

Fiscal Year Number of Immigrant Visas Issued

FY 2004

4

FY 2003

9

FY 2002

16

FY 2001

3

FY 2000

3

ADOPTION AUTHORITY IN CHILE:

SENAME (Servicio Nacional de Menores) is the clearinghouse for adoptions and approves parents who wish to adopt. Couples interested in adopting in Chile must contact SENAME first before beginning any adoption proceedings.

Servicio Nacional de Menores de Chile (SENAME)
Unidad de Adopción
Huerfanos 587
Santiago, Chile
Telephone: (56)(2) 398-4447

www.sename.cl

Credits: U.S. Department of State

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