finally we have gathered all the stuff we need for the medical visa application packages, and we are ready to submit them tomorrow. what a lot of stuff. i wanted to share the list of what we included, because the checklist in the “Useful Information” section on the right is only for a general medical visa (could be for any medical procedure), and the medical visa for surrogacy is much more complicated. so here’s the list, NOT in order:
- the CHECKLIST – you have to sign it when you drop off the package, because they review your package with you to make sure you have everything, or they will write down what is missing (hopefully nothing)
- application form – signed with an appropriately sized picture pasted to it
- surrogacy letter for perspective parents – from the High Commission of Canada (or your country’s) in New Delhi
- surrogacy contract – signed by all parties and notarized
- letter stating we will support the child(ren) after born
- we included the notice of assessment from our 2012 tax returns to show our income
- proof you will be able to pay for the surrogacy and related expenses (bank account print out)
- letter from our doctor in Canada explaining why we need surrogacy
- letter from clinic in India explaining when we need to be in India for surrogacy and where the procedures will be performed and how long we need to be there
- information to show the clinic is an ART clinic registered by the Indian Council of Medical Research
- marriage certificate (holy crap, i thought i knew EXACTLY where our certificate was – in a file folder called “wedding” in the filing cabinet – so i didn’t worry about it. then this afternoon i looked and it wasn’t there, so we had to tear through every single paper in our house. eventually, we found an old box full of paper, and hubby said “oh, that just looks like garbage”, but i had been through everything else. sure enough, there it was, in the exact blue plastic sleeve i had in my mind’s eye…. if we hadn’t found it, it takes something like $150 and 7 business days to get a replacement… close call!!! now it’s in the “wedding” folder in the filing cabinet, where it belongs.)
so, hopefully that’s everything. i will let you all know how it goes tomorrow morning. fingers crossed, ‘kay?
***ADDED JUNE 4th*** – please ensure you include information or proof from your clinic that they are a registered ART clinic. while we just included this info in amongst the information in the letter of intent to support the babies that are the result of this surrogacy, I would recommend that you get a letter directly from your clinic, or at the very least, print the 20 page list of ART clinics (in the Useful Information section of this blog) and highlight your clinic. it will just be more clear than what i provided, and while the gentleman i spoke to at our consulate office was lovely, you might not be as lucky, so have your package as straight forward as possible.