Exit process through Delhi
Australian IP with a clinic in Mumbai confirms he needs to go to Delhi for exit visa for baby as baby will be born after 1st April. Last month I personally saw a letter signed by Mumbai FRRO and Mumbai Deputy Police Commissioner stating no cases for singles asking for exit visas for babies born through surrogacy would be heard by Mumbai FRRO from April, this has been confirmed by two Mumbai clinics, and further confirmed by a consultant who assists clients from a variety of clinics in Delhi and Mumbai.
So, you have your baby, you're emotional, happy, ecstatic, and all you want to do after surviving surrogacy is go home. Now you have to leave the city you're familiar with, the service that assists you and possibly lawyers who assist you and find accommodation in Delhi while you negotiate the FRRO process, which we know, at this stage isn't pretty.
What is this madness? Perhaps they want to corral all singles in the one place for a mass dressing-down about how dare they have babies and not be a legally married man and woman.
Visas to India for baby pick-up
Australian single dad has just been granted a medical visa. Not just a medical visa that one would use if going to India for liposuction, a medical visa for surrogacy, the one that everyone is meant to travel on with all the requirements. Is this a good sign? ... at the same time four of our clients yesterday going through VFS in Melbourne, all who meet the new requirements, had their applications questioned causing panic. A trip to the Indian Consul in Melbourne had it sorted for all, crisis averted, Steve you are a champion!
while in the UK ...
VFS services in UK has decided to add to the list of requirements and a client has been asked to submit a letter from their doctor to prove they cannot carry a baby and therefore need surrogacy. First time I've seen that on the list of MHA requirements. Hopefully a trip to the visa office today will sort that one out.
and from the US (Travisa)
A very diligent IP who is de facto has spent hours on the phone with Travisa explaining to them the visa changes and what is required and what isn't. Now one would think Indian Consul would do this, not a pregnant IP; reports are that Travisa have had no clear instructions on what to do with the multitude of cases and the variety of situations people are in and were very grateful to actually understand the history of how this all came about.
Last letter from FRRO in Delhi recognised there were "gray areas" in new visa requires and stated those who had already commissioned surrogacy would have their situation reviewed on a case-by-case basis. They gave the email address of Dr Sharma from ICMR for clinics to contact him with their problems, ideas etc. Clients can now directly contact Dr Sharma to plead their case.
Let me tell you there is a rush of visits, emails and phone calls to Dr Sharma. Dr Sharma is not the decision maker but he is advocating on behalf of singles. The decision maker is ultimately Minister for Health. This far there has been no official statement nor any guidance from Minister for Health, which passes his Ministry's decisions to MHA to order visa changes and FRRO polices it all.
What a debacle.
Just want to let you all know the two things SCI is focussing on right now is 1. currently pregnant singles (we're not worried about this as everyone is getting their exit visa and the Dragon of Evil at Delhi FRRO has calmed down, thank you JD for threatening to leave your babies on her desk while you went to get help from Australian Embassy and media to get your Australian citizen babies out of India, you have no idea how things have changed for the better since you went through) ) and 2. those with frozen embryos who can't ship them out of India.