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259.60 Intercountry adoptions; obtaining amended birth certificate.

Subdivision 1. Validity of intercountry adoption. The adoption of a child by a resident of this state under the laws of a foreign country is valid and binding under the laws of this state if the validity of the foreign adoption has been verified by the granting of an IR-3 visa for the child by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Subd. 2. Amended birth certificate; procedure and order. (a) Under the procedures in paragraph (b), a person, whose adoption of a child under the laws of a foreign country is valid in this state under subdivision 1, may petition the district court in the county where the adoptive parent resides for a decree confirming and recognizing the adoption and for a new birth certificate for the child.

(b) A court shall issue the decree and birth certificate upon receipt of the following documents:

(1) a petition by the adoptive parent requesting that the court issue a Minnesota birth certificate, and stating that the adoptive parent completed adoption of the child under the laws of a foreign country and that the adoption is valid in this state under subdivision 1. The petition must be in the form of a signed, sworn, and notarized statement;

(2) a copy of the child's original birth certificate, if available;

(3) a copy of the final adoption certificate or equivalent as issued by the foreign jurisdiction;

(4) a copy of the child's passport including the United States visa indicating IR-3 immigration status; and

(5) certified English translations of any of the documents in clauses (2) to (4) that are not written in the English language.

HIST: 1997 c 177 s 18