On February 2, 2011 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service announced that it would not approve any petition to classify an adopted child from Vietnam as an immediate relative. This is due to the Department of State's determination that Vietnam cannot prove that it meets its obligations under The Hague Adoption Convention and the DOS cannot issue the required Hague Adoption Certificate. Until an agreement is entered into with Vietnam or Vietnam agrees to comply Hague Adoption Convention, Americans should not consider an adoption from Vietnam. This announcement does not apply to adoptions which occurred prior to September 1, 2008 under the now expired bilateral adoption agreement between the US and Vietnam.