The appropriate visa category for commissioning surrogacy is a medical visa. Tourist visa is not the appropriate visa category for surrogacy and legal action will be taken in violation of visa conditions.
"It was also informed that as per the Ministry of Home Affairs directions surrogacy is not allowed in case of single parent. However, in cases where surrogacy has already been commissioned it will be examined on a case by case basis."
Some slightly encouraging news:
"It was informed by the representatives that there are some gray zones in the present surrogacy laws, which should be looked into by the government. All were assured that such gray zones will be examined and clarifications in this regard will be informed to all concerned."
And for those who have frozen sperm and embryos in India:
"Most of the representatives held the view that advance date be given to use the frozen embryo or frozen sperm , already available with them, in case of single parent, as law does not permit to send it to the concerned country. The matter will be referred to MHA for decision."
So, more meetings and single clients still in limbo. Not sure who the threat of legal action is aimed at, clinics? clients? or both?
In the case where surrogacy has already been commissioned, 'it will be examined on a case by case basis ... by who, and when? Once again, the FRRO is breathtaking in its ambiguity. Are they even the correct government department to be issuing legal threats and making life a misery for singles going through the exit process, and under what law will legal action be taken given there are no laws in India for surrogacy. God only knows.
Clinics doing nothing - rubbish
I can tell you there are several hundred people involved with third party reproduction in India and abroad working together to get this sorted, as frustrating as it is, it is going to take time. We can, at least, see some written acknowledgement that the visa requirements have screwed a lot of people
I have seen a letter to clinics in Mumbai (it is doing the rounds but has yet to be published and I am not going to publish it here) co-signed by Mumbai FRRO and Deputy Commissioner of Police, that Mumbai FRRO will not be processing exit visas for non-married clients from 18th April, and all these cases need to go to Delhi. If you are due to have a baby soon and you are single you should contact your clinics asap to confirm this. If this is correct, lucky Mumbai clients will get to experience the wrath of the Delhi FRRO Queen of Vile who clearly has an issue with gay men having babies.