Children of Britsih Citizen & Settled People - Family Dependant Visas
Children; can apply to join their parents in the UK if:
Children cannot normally come to settle in the UK unless both parents are settled here or have been given permission to settle here. The only exceptions are where:
There are additional requirements for adopted children - See 'More information' below.
Your child must show that they:
are not leading an independent life;
You can bring your adopted child to the UK if you can show that they:
A foreign adoption order will only be recognised in the UK if it was made in a country on the 'designated list' - this means a country that is included in the Adoption (Designation of Overseas Adoptions) Order 1973.
A child who was adopted in a country on the designated list will normally be given permission to stay in the UK permanently if:
both you and the child's other parent are settled here; or
If the adoption order was made in a country that is not on the designated list, the child can apply to come to the UK to be adopted through the courts here. In this case, they will initially be allowed to stay here for up to 2 years.
Your child will not automatically become a British citizen, unless you adopted them through the UK courts and at least one of the adoptive parents was a British citizen when the adoption order was made.
If your child is coming to the UK so that they can be adopted by you here under the Hague Convention on intercountry adoption, they must:
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