When a couple or individual chooses to pursue international adoption, they quickly find out that it is a surprisingly complex process. To make matters even more confusing, many people mistakenly believe that adopting a child automatically grants the child U.S. citizenship. This is not actually true.
When a child arrives in the United States after adoption, there are two primary issues you must address if you have not already begun to do so. First, the child needs a visa that allows him or her to legally enter the country. It is best to begin working on obtaining this visa well before the child arrives. There are a number of different visas available, so it is important to do your research.