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Democratic Republic of the Congo

May 2, 2013

Alert: Democratic Republic of the Congo Immigration Authorities Suspend Issuance of Exit Permits to Adoptees

On April 29, the Congolese Ministry of Interior and Security, General Direction of Migration (Direction Generale d’Immigration, DGM) informed the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa that the DGM has temporarily suspended issuance of exit permits to adopted Congolese children seeking to depart the country with their adoptive parents.  This suspension is due to an ongoing investigation of an adoption that may not have complied with Congolese law.

The suspension of exit permits for adopted Congolese children applies to all intercountry adoptions. These exit permits are required in addition to immigrant visas in order for children to travel to leave the Congo. 

The DGM does not expect to issue exit permits to any adoptees during the investigation.  New information as it becomes available  will be available on

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