Procedure for Adopting a Child from a Foreign Country by Indian Citizens (Non-Religious Law)

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

Follow the steps given below to adopt a child from a foreign country as an Indian citizen.1 

Step 1: Necessary formalities for adoption of a child from a foreign country will be completed in that country, as per their law. 

Step 2: The relevant authority, depending on the laws of the country, shall issue approval of adoption, only on receiving the required documents (please ask the authority for more details on the same), and the following reports:

Step 3: A foreign child adopted by Indian citizens and having a foreign passport, will need an Indian visa to come to India. For obtaining this visa, you can apply for it to the Indian Mission in that country. 

Step 4: The immigration clearance for the child adopted shall be obtained from the Central Government in the Foreigners’ Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, through the Indian Diplomatic Mission to that country.

  1. Regulation 22, Adoption Regulations, 2017.[]

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