USCIS has announced that the government of Ethiopia has informed the U.S. that effective September 1, 2013, it will require all adoption cases filed by United States prospective adoptive parents to undergo the U.S. Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) process. Ethiopian Government will require a PAIR letter issued by USCIS in order to make a best interest determination.
Prospective adoptive parents will initiate PAIR by filing a Form I-600 with USCIS before completing the adoption in Ethiopia. If USCIS makes a preliminary determination that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States, USCIS will issue a PAIR letter. Prospective adoptive parents must include the PAIR letter in the adoption dossier they submit to initiate the adoption.
The new PAIR letter requirement, however, will not affect adoption cases filed with Ethiopian courts before September 1, 2013.