WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, today praised the enactment of the Adoptive Family Relief Act (S. 1300), which will offer American families visa renewal relief when in the process of adopting overseas and confronted with extraordinary circumstances. Sen. Inhofe is a cosponsor of S. 1300.
“For people who are willing to open their hearts and homes to children in need of a loving family, visa issues should be the least of their worries,” said Inhofe. “Currently many families adopting from the Democratic Republic of Congo have seen their children’s homecoming delayed due to intra-country hurdles. The Adoptive Family Relief Act will help families by providing a break from the costs associated with keeping a child’s visa active while they work through a prolonged process of an international adoption. This is just one way we can provide families support as they pour endless time and resources into giving orphans a permanent, loving home.”
The Adoptive Family Relief Act (S. 1300) allows visa renewal fees to be waived for children who have been lawfully adopted and issued an immigrant visa on or after March 27, 2013, if the child was unable to use the original visa because of extraordinary circumstances, including the denial of an exit permit; and such inability was the result of factors beyond the control of the adopting parent or parents. The bill was signed into law on Friday.