News from Australian High Commission in Delhi
It's pretty much the same notification in my last post, but it's a new procedure for those about to apply for their emergency passports to bring baby home.
I called AHC for clarification, your surrogate now needs to complete a form giving her consent to baby being given a passport. Parents will complete a B4 form and surrogate will complete B5 form.
AHC advised that Australian clients should also apply for a five year passport at the same time as applying for the emergency passport. The emergency passport will be processed through Delhi and the five-year passport will be processed in Australia. Emergency passport will be given in normal timeframe (took us 2 days in July 2012) and parents will collect the five year passport upon their return to Australia.
Just a bit more paperwork - AHC has contacted SCI about this and I assume other surrogacy agencies/clinics - but do make sure your clinic knows about this procedural change as you will need your surrogate's signature.