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Will adopting my K2 stepchildren bypass the AOS process?

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Hello again fellow VJ'ers! First off, thanks for all the advice throughout our whole journey, it has saved us so much time and money and my wife and I both appreciate all your help :)

Anyway, here's the situation: My wife came here to the US on a K1 Visa, and we are now in the middle of the AOS stage (she will be taking her Biometrics this Monday). She has two daughters in the Philippines, 16 & 10 respectively, although they will both be 17 & 11 by the time they get here on their K2 Visas in the next 2-3 months. My wife was a single mother and the kids' biological fathers were never present after the day they were born and have not been present in their lives as they grew up (their names are not even in the children's birth certificates).

My question is, once the two kids get here, and I decide to adopt them, will this bypass each of their AOS since I read that they will derive citizenship from me via the Child Citizenship Act? Both kids want to have my last name same as their mother, and both have no problems with adoption. I was just wondering if this can be a way to fast track their citizenship and avoid the usual steps and costs associated with AOS?

Thanks in advance for any guidance in this matter!

Edited by tolitzpogi

10/25/2008 - Met on Friendster
12/22/2010 - Met in person in the Philippines for the first time

05/18/2013 - Got engaged

K1 Timeline:

02/28/2014 - I-129F Submitted
04/08/2014 - I-129F NOA2 Received

07/03/2014 - SLEC Medical Appointment 1 (Result: Sputum Culture)

09/18/2014 - SLEC Medical Appointment 2 (Result: Passed)

10/14/2014 - K1 Visa Interview (Result: Approved)

10/23/2014 - K1 Visa Issued

11/09/2014 - Entered USA (POE: Los Angeles)

01/02/2015 - Wedding Day

AOS Timeline:

03/02/2015 - I-485 Submitted (with I-765 & I-131)

03/13/2015 - I-485 NOA Received (with NOA for I-765 & I-131)

03/30/2015 - Biometrics Appointment Completed

05/12/2015 - I-785 & I-131 Approved

05/20/2015 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received

06/10/2015 - AOS Interview (Result: Approved)

06/18/2015 - Conditional Green Card Received

ROC Timeline:

05/15/2017 - I-751 Submitted 
05/26/2017 - I-751 NOA Received 
06/13/2017 - Biometrics Appointment Completed

07/18/2017 - Extension NOA Received (one year extension)
03/05/2018 - I-751 Received by Local Office
04/20/2018 - Infopass Appointment (Result: I-551 Stamp on Passport, six-month extension)

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They wont have any record here if you dont do aos... We are planning to do that tooo but here in our state my husband and my daughter need to stay in one roof for 2 years sooo before filing adoption so we dont have a choice... Check your local court.

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