The Australia Citizenship Amendment (Intercountry Adoption) Bill 2014 amends the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to extend citizenship to children adopted directly from a country that is not a signatory to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. These include South Korea, Taiwan and Ethiopia.

The proposed changes in the Bill will mean that children adopted in accordance with a bilateral arrangement (the South Korea and Taiwan programmes) will be granted citizenship in the same way as children adopted in accordance with the Hague Convention. This includes enabling a child to immediately apply for Australian citizenship once the adoption process is complete in South Korea or Taiwan, allowing the child to travel to Australia as an Australian citizen and enter Australia on an Australian passport.

(Source Attorney General’s Department)

(This Bill has now been passed and is waiting royal  assent)

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