We have raised a child who is neither our biological or legally adopted child. Can he/she be included as a derivative on our immigrant visa application?

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We have raised a child who is neither our biological or legally adopted child. Can he/she be included as a derivative on our immigrant visa application?

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No. A child may only become your derivative if that child is either born to you or meets the definition of an adopted child under the Immigration and Nationality Act. If you attempt to bring in a child who does not meet any of these definitions, you risk being denied an immigrant visa and being barred permanently from entering the United States. See Adopted Children for more information on adopting in the Philippines.

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