Adopt a child from abroad

How to adopt a child from abroad, the difference between the immigration and citizenship processes, and what to expect when you and your child arrive in Canada.

Find out which process you should use

How the immigration and citizenship processes work, and which one to choose

Apply for citizenship for your child

Eligibility, how to apply, forms, fees and processing times

Apply for permanent residency for your child

Eligibility, how to apply, forms, fees and processing times

Find an adoption authority

How to contact the provincial, territorial and foreign adoption authorities

Check processing times

How long it takes to process your application

Check your application status

Online updates for sponsorship, permanent resident and citizenship applications using your identification number, name, date and place of birth

Help Centre - Questions about adoption?

Find quick and direct answers to your questions about adoption, including how to adopt, the fees involved, and how long the process will take.

Travelling abroad

Find information and tips on destinations, travel documents, travel health, returning to Canada and more.

Tips for taking passport photos of toddlers

Find out how to take good Canadian passport photos for toddlers.

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