Bangladesh is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, inter-country adoption processing for Bangladesh did not change. Bangladeshi law does not allow for full adoptions of Bangladeshi children.


Bangladesh law permits its own citizens to apply for legal guardianship of children. Under Bangladeshi law, the 1982 Guardianship and Wards Amendments Ordinances granting legal guardianship of Bangladeshi children to dual citizen. Bangladeshi dual Citizen who have legal guardianship of a Bangladeshi minor should note that for immigration purposes, guardianship and adoption are not the same. Simple, conditional, or limited adoptions are more accurately described as legal guardianship and are not considered valid adoptions for U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, Schengen and other develop countries immigration purposes.

Who Can Adopt a Bangladeshi Minor and apply for Immigrant Visa?
A Bangladeshi by Born Citizen who is also by naturalized Citizen of Foreign Countries who has obtained guardianship of a Bangladeshi child under Bangladeshi law may apply for an immigration visa for that child to settle in Foreign Countries.

There have been a number of instances in which foreign resided Bangladeshi Citizens have been poorly advised by legal practitioners, so called consultants and have entered into fostering/adoption arrangements, do not meet the complex Bangladesh and Foreign Country’s legal and immigration requirement. Dual citizens who is by born Bangladesh Citizen and by Naturalized Foreign Country’s Citizen intending to adopt a child in Bangladesh should not attempt to circumvent the proper processes. Adoptions that do not meet these requirements will not meet the requirements for the issuance of foreign country’s immigrant visa for the children.

What is the process of Adoption and Visa?
The process of obtaining guardianship of a child in Bangladesh and applying for an immigrant visa for that child requires that prospective adoptive parents meet complex Bangladesh and Foreign countries legal as well as immigration requirements. All Foreign Embassies/Consulates/High Commission situated in Bangladesh give each application careful consideration on a case-by-case basis to ensure that the legal requirements of both countries have been met for the protection of the prospective adoptive parent(s), the biological parents, and the child.