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Canada Immigration - International Adoption
Laws in Canada allow you to adopt a child from another country if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. To bring your adoptive child to Canada, you must sponsor the child for immigration. You can start sponsoring a child as soon as you decide to adopt. If you prefer, you can wait until after you have found a child and have started the adoption process.
You must go through two processes when you adopt a child from another country: the adoption process and the immigration sponsorship process. Both processes are important.
The International Adoption Process in CanadaAdoptions in Canada are the responsibility of the provinces. You need to have a Home Study done, usually by your province, before Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will process your application for sponsorship.
You must comply with the adoption laws of the child's country of origin. You must also comply with the laws of your province. Make sure you know all of the legal requirements relevant to you before beginning the adoption process.
The Hague Convention governs some international adoptions. Before you begin your adoption process, see if the Convention will apply to you.
The Immigration Process in CanadaYou must apply to sponsor the child for permanent residence in Canada. You may apply for citizenship for your child after the child is in Canada and has permanent resident status.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will request a letter of consent from your province, showing that your province agrees to the adoption. The immigration visa not be issued until the immigration mission in the child's country of origin receives this letter from your province.
Citizenship and Immigration CanadaFor comprehensive information about Canadian visas, visit the
Citizenship and Immigration Canada web site.