Appendix Adoption replaces existing provisions for children entering the UK for adoption in Part 8 of the Immigration Rules. This will provide clearer and more consistent rules for adoption.

The changes include:

  • Reducing immigration eligibility requirements from both the Hague Convention and Recognised Overseas Adoption routes. This includes removing the requirements for the child to have the same rights and
    obligations as any other child of the marriage or civil partnership; being adopted due to the inability of the original carer to care for the child; that there has been genuine transfer of parental responsibility and the requirement for the child to have lost or broken ties with their family of origin. These requirements are unnecessary as they are matters that are considered, as appropriate, as part of the formal adoption procedure.
  • Clarifying that, where one parent is on a route to settlement, the child will need to meet the financial requirements of the route that their parent is on.
  • Applying the cross-cutting requirements in Appendix Children.
  • Where a child has entered the UK under Appendix Adoption and has been granted temporary permission (for the adoption to be completed in the UK or because one parent has temporary permission on a route to settlement), the child will be able to settle on the route their parent is on or under provisions in para 298 in Part 8 once the adoption is complete and their parent has settled. Appendix Children and para 298 in Part 8 have been updated to reflect this change.

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