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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 Hungary 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 Hungary govern all activity in Hungary 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 Hungary 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: There is less demand by Hungarian families for older children, or those of non-ethnic Hungarian background. Generally these children are entered on the national register and available for adoption by foreigners.

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

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ADOPTION AUTHORITY IN Hungary: The government office responsible for adoptions in Hungary is the National Child and Youth Protection Institute (GYIVI).

Tüzér utca 33-35,
Budapest 1134,
Tel: 3202-200, ext.118.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS: Hungarian law does not specify an age limit for adoptive parents, but Hungarian authorities require that one of the adoptive parents be under age 45. Single people may adopt; however, an adoption may be denied based on the strongly held opinion that a child be raised in a family.

RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENTS: There are no residency requirements for prospective adoptive parents.

TIME FRAME: The adoption authorities have 15 days to notify adoptive parents they have been approved to adopt in Hungary. Parents have 60 days to submit required documents. After prospective adoptive parents arrive to meet their child, it takes four to six weeks to complete the adoption.

Credits: U.S. Department of State

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