Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Medical visas for surrogacy

In answer to Alex, will Indian consuls accept common law marriage as marriage? I don't know. Has anyone tried to get a visa based on common law marriage? 

New visa requirements condition 2 (i) states 
  1. (i)  The foreign man and woman are duly married and the marriage
  2. should have sustained at least for two years.
  1.  Note the word "should" not "must".
  1. Perhaps a letter from a lawyer stating one's country's legal position on the binding nature of de facto relationships in terms of children and property division in the case of a separation may help. Whether this would be accepted or not is anyone's guess, but I think it's worth a try.  I think (my opinion only) the intention of this condition is to show a stable committed relationship rather than an actual marriage certificate. 


Anonymous said...

the Indian government is trying to tell the world that India is a conservative country. Full stop. I think people should stop their denial and be realistic about what has happened. There does not seem to be any initiative to change anything with the exception of lobbying by some clinics.

Amani (Meg) said...

maybe so anon, time will tell. There is a lot being done by a lot of clinics and interested parties in India, no-one can predict the outcome, we can only hope.

Anonymous said...

While I can understand the desire to be positive about India remaining a good surrogacy option for unmarried couples and single people, it seems that playing semantics about the whether the changes are to laws versus visa requirement or the meaning of the word 'should' versus 'must' is a dangerous game.

Personally, I hope that India remains a viable option for building a family regardless of orientation or legal marriage status. However, encouraging people to begin the process now, when things are so obviously in flux seems reckless considering the stakes involved.

Amani (Meg) said...

Yes, Reckless is my middle name, that's why I have referred over 100 singles and de facto couples to a agent to explore their options.

Anonymous said...

Shameless opportunist.

Amani (Meg) said...

The intellectual giant feels a need to exhale its vitriol. Piss off you fat old wart. What are you doing for the surrogacy community?

Justin_J said...

As part of one of the same sex couples you referred AWAY from your clinic in India, I can't say I see how you're being reckless. Hmmm...were you reckless when you referred us to an international agent after you had spent much of your time over several months to correspond with us in order to spare us future headache and heartache? No... Were you reckless when you choose to encourage us to give our money to another clinic to ensure the road ahead was smooth and our surrogacy was completely legit? No, I don't think you were reckless then either. Strange, I just don't see it.
I appreciate you and your blog Meg. Don't let the haters get you down. ;0)