CONTACT INFORMATION

 

U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh
Madani Avenue, Baridhara,
Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
Tel: (880) (2) 885-5500
Fax: (880) (2) 882-3744
Internet: http://dhaka.usembassy.gov/

 

Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
3510, International Drive NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 244-0183, (202) 244-7830
Fax: (202) 244-5366
Internet: http://www.bangladoot.org

 

Consulate General of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
211 E. 43rd Street, Suite 502
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 599-6767, (212) 599-6850
Fax: (212) 682-9211
E-mail: bdcgny@aol.com

 

Consulate General of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
10850 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1250
Los Angeles CA 90024
Tel: (310) 441-9399
Fax: (310) 441-4458
E-mail: bcgla@earthlink.net

 

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW SA-29
Washington, DC 20520
Tel:  1-888-407-4747
E-mail:  AskCI@state.gov

 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC)

1-800-375-5283
(TTY 1-800-767-1833)

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Bangladesh is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for Bangladesh did not change.

Bangladeshi law does not allow for full adoptions of Bangladeshi children. Americans considering adoption of Bangladeshi children must obtain guardianship from a Bangladeshi court and subsequently adopt the child in the United States. Prospective American guardians may also want to refer to our flyer on Islamic Family Law for more information on this issue.

In addition, only citizens of Bangladesh may be appointed/declared guardians of a Bangladeshi child. Since Bangladesh allows for dual citizenship, however, American citizens who are also Bangladeshi citizens may be appointed guardians of Bangladeshi children.

 

DISCLAIMER

 

To bring an adopted child to United States from Bangladesh, you must be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Learn more.

In addition to these U.S. requirements for adoptive parents, Bangladesh also has the following requirements for adoptive parents:

  • Residency Requirements:  While there are no residency requirements, prospective adoptive parents must be citizens of Bangladesh.
  • Age Requirements:  Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Income Requirements: While there is no specific income requirement, prospective adoptive parents must be able to provide food, shelter, and education for the proposed ward.

 

  • Other Requirements:  Prospective adoptive parents must be of sound mind.

 

Bangladesh has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. You cannot adopt a child in Bangladesh unless he or she meets the requirements outlined below. 

In addition to these requirements, a child must meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. law for you to bring him or her back to the United States. Learn more about these U.S. requirements.


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Relinquishment Requirements:  The biological parent must sign an irrevocable release of the child before a Notary Public, 1st Class Magistrate or the relevant Family Court in Bangladesh.

 

  • Age Requirements:  The proposed ward must be a minor (below the age of 18 years).  Please note that U.S. immigration requirements state that children over the age of 16 are not eligible for entry into the United States unless being adopted as part of a sibling pair or group.

 

Bangladesh’s Guardianship Authority
Family Court


The Process

The process for adopting a child from Bangladesh generally includes the following steps:

1. Choose an Adoption Service Provider

2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt

3. Be Matched with a Child

4. Adopt the Child in Bangladesh

5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption

6. Bring Your Child Home

 

1.  Choose an Adoption Service Provider  

The first step in adopting a child is usually to select a licensed agency in the United States that can help with your adoption. Adoption service providers must be licensed by the U.S. state in which they operate. Learn more about choosing the right adoption service provider.

 

There are no adoption agencies in Bangladesh; however, there are at least 25,000 lawyers in Bangladesh who may initiate guardianship proceedings.  Prospective guardians who choose to work with U.S. adoption service providers in the context of obtaining guardianship of Bangladeshi children are advised to fully research any adoption agency or facilitator they plan to use.  For U.S.-based agencies, it is suggested that prospective adoptive parents contact the Better Business Bureau and/or the licensing office of the appropriate state government agency in the U.S. state where the agency is located or licensed. 

2.  Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt 

To bring an adopted child from Bangladesh to the United States, you must apply to be found eligible to adopt (Form I-600A) by the U.S. Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn how

In addition to meeting the U.S. requirements for adoptive parents, you need to meet the requirements of Bangladesh as described in the Who Can Adopt section. 


3.  Be Matched with a Child

In generally, if you are eligible to adopt, and a child is available for intercountry adoption, the central adoption authority will provide you with a referral to a child. Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of a particular child and provide a permanent family placement for the referred child.

In the case of Bangladesh, after the biological parents have signed a release of the child, an application for legal guardianship must be made to the Family Court.  In Bangladesh, the Family Court has sole jurisdiction over family matters.

The child must be eligible to be adopted according to Bangladesh’s requirements, as described in the Who Can be Adopted section. The child must also meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. law. Learn more.

 

4.  Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in-country

The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in Bangladesh generally includes the following:

  • Role of the Adoption Authority:  The Family Court has sole jurisdiction over family matters.

 

  • Role of the Court: The Family Court is located in all districts of Bangladesh. If the applicant needs to contact the Family Court, he/she may contact the concerned Desk Officer or dealing section of the Family Court in person. The Family Court reviews the character and capacity of the proposed guardian in considering the welfare of the minor.

 

  • Role of Adoption Agencies: There are no adoption agencies in Bangladesh.

  • Adoption Application:  The application for legal guardianship must be made to the Family Court.  

 

  • Time Frame:  There is no set time frame for completing legal guardianship in Bangladesh. The following are some rough estimates on the processing times for specific stages of the process:
    • Processing time at an Orphanage – three days to one month
    • Processing time at Family Court – one to three months
    • Processing time at the Ministry of Home Affairs – 15 days to two months

 

  • Guardianship Fees:  There is a government court fee of Tk.60. There is no set lawyer’s fee but it generally ranges from Tk.5000 to Tk.50,000, roughly $85 USD to $850 USD. There is no official orphanage fee; however, many orphanages request/accept donations. There is no fee at the Ministry of Home Affairs.

 

  • Documents Required: The following documents are required:

 

    • Birth certificate of the minor
    • Guardianship Certificate
    • Irrevocable release/undertaking of the biological parents (if any) of the child before a Notary Public, 1st Class Magistrate, or before the relevant Family Court in Bangladesh
    • No Objection certificate from the Ministry of Home Affairs

NOTE:  Additional documents may be requested.

 

 The Bangladeshi procedure for authenticating documents to be used in Bangladesh is as follows:

  • Any foreign document should be attested by the Bangladeshi Mission abroad and then re-attested by the Foreign Ministry in Bangladesh. If the document is of a legal nature, then it should revalidated by the relevant treasury in Bangladesh.
  • Any Bangladeshi (local) document can be treated as authenticated if it is attested by any First Class Government officer, any Magistrate or any Notary Public in Bangladesh.

 

5.  Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption


After you gain legal custody in Bangladesh, the U.S Government, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) MUST determine whether the child is eligible under U.S. law to be adopted (Form I-600). Learn how

6.  Bring Your Child Home

Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child), there are a few more steps to take before you can head home. Specifically, you need to apply for several documents for your child before he or she can travel to the United States:

Birth Certificate
You will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child, so that you can later apply for a passport. Your name will be added to the new birth certificate. 

 

 Bangladesh Passport

Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Bangladesh.

 

A 'No Objection Certificate' must be obtained from the Home Ministry for issuance of International Passport in the name of the minor. The 'No Objection and 'Legal Guardianship' certificates should be presented to the Bangladesh Passport Office for the child's passport. Prospective guardians' names should be listed as the legal guardians in the child's passport. [How to obtain a Passport for the child in Bangladesh.]

 

U.S. Immigrant Visa
After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child, you also need to apply for an U.S. visa from the United States Embassy for your child. After the adoption (or custody for purpose of adoption) is granted, visit the U.S. Embassy for final review and approval of the child’s I-600 petition and to obtain a visa for the child. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you. As part of this process, the Consular Officer must be provided the “Panel Physician’s” medical report on the child if it was not provided during the provisional approval stage. The Embassy estimates that it may be between three to 12 months from when the I-600A petition is submitted to the interview dates. Due to security procedures and the paperwork required to process adoption visas, same day visas are not available. Learn more.

 Child Citizenship Act

For adoptions finalized abroad: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when he or she enters the United States as lawful permanent residents. 

                                                                                         

For adoptions finalized in the United States, the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when the court in the United States issues the final adoption decree. 

*Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible.  Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel, eligibility for education and education grants, and voting. 

Learn more about the Child Citizenship Act.      

 

Statistics

Statisitcs about adoption from Bangladesh


Applying for Your U.S. Passport
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Bangladesh. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print—all in one place.

Obtaining Your Visa
In addition to a U.S. passport, you also need to obtain a visa. A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit. Where required, visas are attached to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation.

To find information about obtaining a visa for Bangladesh, see the Department of State’s Country Specific Information.

Staying Safe on Your Trip
Before you travel, it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The State Department is a good place to start.

The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability. 

Staying in Touch on Your Trip

When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to register your trip with the Department of State. Travel registration makes it possible to contact you if necessary. Whether there’s a family emergency in the United States, or a crisis in Bangladesh registration assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

Registration is free and can be done online.

 

What does Bangladesh require of the adoptive parents after the adoption?

Since Bangladesh does not allow adoption, there are no post-adoption requirements.

Note: There are no requirements after obtaining legal guardianship.


What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it’s another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services. 


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