USCIS just announced that the Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) process will go into effect for Ethiopia adoptions starting September 1, 2013. This gives USCIS the ability to adjudicate the US visa process (approve cases) prior to families passing court, which is when the guardianship of the adoptive child is legally transferred to the adoptive parents. Below is an excerpt from the article:
“Effective Sept. 1, 2013, the government of Ethiopia will require all adoption cases filed by United States prospective adoptive parents to undergo the U.S. PAIR process. Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA) will require a PAIR letter issued by USCIS in order to make a best interest determination. Prospective adoptive parents must include the PAIR letter in the adoption dossier they submit to the Ethiopian Federal First Instance Court (FFIC) to initiate the adoption. The FFIC will then forward the dossier, including the PAIR letter, to MOWCYA for review. The new PAIR letter requirement will not affect adoption cases filed with Ethiopian courts before Sept. 1, 2013.”
To read the full article from USCIS, click here: Ethiopia PAIR Requirement Post
USCIS is hosting a call to discuss this process in further detail later this week. America World Staff will be on that call to learn further about how this will affect our adoptive parents, and we will continue to communicate updates as we receive them.