i just got a call from a gentleman at the Indian Consulate, asking for some clarification about the certification of our clinic as an ART clinic. he asked if we had a letter from our clinic which included the registration information. in fact, we do not have such a letter, though i did include the certification number of our clinic in one of the letters that we had written to the consulate. we talked, and he is aware of the website where the certification numbers can be found (i put it in the Useful Information section to the right), and he said he would look it up as well. he asked when we planned on traveling, and when i said “the 18th”, he said “OF THIS MONTH?!!?!?” in a somewhat distressed way. when i confirmed it, he said that things appear to be in order, and that they SHOULD be able to have the applications processed by the end of this week, and that he would give me a call. he was very nice, and i appreciated that he was concerned about the short turnaround time, but that he also seemed to try to reassure me.
if you are on your own surrogacy journey and gathering documentation for your medical visa application, i would highly recommend that you insist upon your clinic providing you with some official documentation regarding their ART status with the Indian Council of Medical Research…. insist!!!!
keep those vibes coming and those fingers crossed folks… it’s going to be a close call!