Is an individual, adopted as an adult, eligible for immigration?

If an individual is adopted when they have already become an adult, are they able to apply for immigration to the United States?

Asked on July 17, 2012 under Immigration Law, Indiana


SB, Member, California / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Not on the basis of the adoption.  In order to receive immigration benefits through an adoptive parent, the person must have been adopted prior to the age of 16.  If the adoption takes place after that, the adopted son/daughter can no longer immigrate on the basis of the parent/child relationship.

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