Adoption

The Federated States of Micronesia is NOT a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for the FSM did not change.

Although the Compact of Free Association between the FSM and the United States permits FSM citizens to travel to and live in the United States without a U.S. visa, this provision is NOT applicable to adopted children. Prospective adoptive parents of FSM-citizen children must go through the appropriate FSM national adoption procedures as well as relevant U.S. immigration procedures related to adopted foreign orphans. Adopted FSM-citizen children who enter the United States without a visa will later have difficulties adjusting their U.S. immigration status and, eventually, acquiring U.S. citizenship.

For specific information regarding the adoption process in the FSM click here.

Please note that the U.S. Embassy in Kolonia does not issue immigrant visas, including for adopted children. All immigrant visas are processed through the U.S. Embassy in Manila.