1. Are there any requirements to qualify for the adoptee scholarship?

    • Any adult adoptee can apply for AdopteeBridge Adoptee Citizenship Scholarship. A scholarship committee will review applications upon submission and will notify applicants of approval status. Applicants must be able to prove financial need.

  2. What documentation is required before applying?

    • AdopteeBridge will send a copy of our scholarship application to those interested in applying. In addition to a completed application, the following is also required:

      • Short essay

      • Proof of employment/college enrollment/SSDI

      • Copy of government-issued ID (e.g driver’s license)

      **Additional documentation will be required after if scholarship is awarded

  3. Do I need to get an immigration attorney to apply for the COC or can I do it myself?

    • Individuals can apply for a COC by themselves. Please go to the USCIS website for more information on how to file the N-600 (if under the age of 18 when Child Citizenship Act of 2000 was enacted on February 27, 2001), or N-400 (for those who did not qualify for the Child Citizenship Act of 2000).

    • When in doubt, you should always consult with a qualified attorney who specializes in immigration law.

  4. Will applicants' information be kept confidential?

    • The only individuals who will have access to applicants’ information will be our Board of Directors and scholarship committee. It is mandatory for all individuals who review scholarship applicants to maintain complete confidentiality regarding applicants’ identifying information.

  5. How soon after submitting the application will applicants be informed of a decision?

    • Applicants will be notified of a decision by the scholarship committee within 2 weeks of submitting their application. If additional documentation is needed, or if the scholarship committee has additional questions, applicants will be notified during this time period.

  6. Can I get a receipt for my taxes for this donation?

    • Yes! AdopteeBridge is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. We will provide a receipt and written acknowledgment of the donation to anyone who donates.

  7. How will I know the money given will be spent to obtain the COC?

    • Any applicants who are awarded a scholarship will be required to first file the N-600 or N-400 application with USCIS. After the applicant has filed the respective application, it is required they send a receipt of payment and a copy of documentation indicating their application has been received by USCIS.

    • Only after the receipt of payment and a copy of documentation indicating the application has been received by USCIS will the applicant receive a check for reimbursement.

  8. How many scholarships will be given out per year?

    • Scholarships are contingent on the amount of donations received.

  9. Is this only for adult adoptees or may parents of adopted children apply who may not be able to afford the COC fees?

    • First priority will be given to adult adoptees. However, if enough donations are received and/or if a donor specifically indicates their donation should be designated towards an adoptive parent, AdopteeBridge will grant a scholarship to this recipient.

  10. Is there anyone who should not apply for the scholarship?

    • Any adoptee can apply for the scholarship. However, it is not recommended for individuals to apply for a COC if their U.S. citizenship is in question, as it may raise a red flag with USCIS or make them a target for immigration, such as someone who has committed a felony. If an adoptee has a question about their citizenship status, it is highly recommended and encouraged to consult with a qualified attorney who specializes in immigration law.

Do you have more questions? Please contact info@adopteebridge.org

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