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Intercountry adoption and resident status requirements

Prospective adopters who wish to adopt a child by way of an intercountry adoption need to ensure they will be able to obtain the necessary clearance for that child to enter and reside in the UK.

Minimum requirements are set out below, however, entry clearance requirements vary depending upon the circumstances of each case and prospective adopters will need to obtain their own independent legal advice to establish the requirements that apply to their individual circumstances.

Minimum requirements

All prospective adopters must be habitually resident in the British Islands.
If the prospective adopter is an EEA national, they will also need to satisfy the following status:

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