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Adoption and Citizenship

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Our second-parent adoption hearing is less than 2 weeks away!  Although I resent the fact that we had to go through the cost and hassle of doing the adoption, I’m looking forward to being one of Kai’s legal parents.  After we get that done, we’re going to apply for Kai’s passport.  Which brings up a question I haven’t been able to wrangle through yet: can I apply for Canadian citizenship on her behalf?  If so, how?  Most of the information on the Canadian immigration site applies more towards resident couples adopting children from other countries, is it possible to adopt as a non-resident citizen?

I figured that if I post this with enough keywords, perhaps somebody with similar questions (and possibly the answer?) would find this post…


  • the Canadian citizen is living in the US
  • the Canadian citizen is not the birth parent, but will be the adoptive parent
  • we don’t intend on residing in Canada anytime soon, is a residency requirement necessary for (adopted) children?

I don’t think it’s absolutely imperative to figure out how to get her Canadian citizenship, but I do think it may come in handy…I’ve asked some friends of mine who are in the same situation, but the only thing we’ve been able to figure out is that it’s complicated.  Sigh.  I hate this – it all seems more complicated than it should be!


Written by geeky bean

May 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm

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  1. Those are good questions, and I’m sure you’ll be helping others when you share the answers. We have to get Miles a passport, too…should be interesting! Good luck with the impending adoption- yay!


    May 24, 2010 at 8:57 am

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