In order to obtain a green card based on adoption, the adoption must be final before the child turns 16 years old. Perhaps she got it based on employment as the caregiver. You can never know someone else's case the people often think they do.
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Why don't you question your "friend" a little bit more closely and ask to see a copy of her adoption and immigrant petition and visa application?
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In order to immigrate an adopted child, the adoption must take place before the child's 16th birthday.
Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.