British Passports or Visas for Adopted Children

Families looking into or who have undertaken an adoption with an international element are often overwhelmed with an abundance of legal proceedings and lawyers in multiple jurisdictions. Amidst this, UK immigration and nationality advice can often be forgotten.

However, finding out what rights your adopted child may have to a British passport and/or a visa to live in the UK either now or in the future is one of the most important aspects of planning for your international adoption.

We have experience of advising families at all stages of their international adoption journey. We have dealt with a number of complex scenarios, including in cases of non-Hague adoptions. We assist British adopters based outside of the UK as well as those resident in the UK and where appropriate, we work together with our family lawyers to ensure all the UK legal issues are covered off.

Recent examples of work

  • We have assisted a client granted humanitarian protection, to bring her adopted child to the UK.
  • We regularly assist clients who have adopted children abroad to secure British passports for their children.


For more information about our immigration services please contact Nicolas Rollason at or a member of the team.

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