visas in hand!

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well, the Indian Consulate put both of our passports in one envelope and they were delivered today, together…. so we are good to go!

the one strange thing about the visas, is that they are stamped “Registration with FFRO required within 14 days of arrival in India” and an accompanying letter notes that we must submit a bunch of documents to the FFRO before we leave India with the baby(ies).  i have heard from another couple recently who applied for their medical visas for surrogacy, and they got the same letter and stamp.  so we are confused.

do they think we are visiting to pick up the baby this time?  do we need to report to the FFRO just to keep them informed?  is this letter just letting us know that we need these documents at the time we pick up the baby in the future?  hummmm…. 

on the Bureau of Immigration, India website, it looks like anyone on a medical visa has to report to the FFRO office within 14 days of arrival, so i guess we will sort it out when we are there.  we will have plenty of time, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

so, it’s confusing, but probably not an issue, and we are soooooo excited to have our visas in hand in time to make our trip.

thank you to the extremely nice Indian Consulate gentleman, and to the very grumpy courier guy who delivered the visas today!

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About namaskarambaby

We are a BC couple who are about to start the process of having a baby using a gestational surrogate in India. We would like to share the process, so the steps will be clearly laid out for other couples who would like to know about this journey, as they may be in a similar situation. We also will likely stay anonymous, as this is a bit of a private process, and we are so early on in the process, that we aren't even sure it's going to work. "Namaskaram" is a greeting in Hindi (the official language of India), which is appropriate for people of all ages... I guess it's similar to Namaste, which is commonly used in the yoga community. This is our first blog, so bear with us. Stay tuned.

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  1. I know all about this registration thing. Everyone travelling on medical visas must register at the FRRO within 14 days of arrival, baby pick up or not. i have known of someone who did not and then had their airline ticket torn up in front of them on departure – they had to go back to register the next day and rebook flights… i have also heard reports in the last few weeks – particularly in mUMBAI – of people trying to register but being told they do not need to (helpfully some visas state the reg requirement on them and others don’t – BUT they all need to be registered!!) One lady I know begged the FRRO to register her, but wasn’t able to – and yet left the country fine. Another begged, was refused, until she pointed to a sign on the wall of the FRRO stating that all medical visas must be registered. So they registered them…It is haphazard and completely confusing. But better to be safe than sorry and register. it is a frustrating process. When we registered on our last trip to Delhi it took 6 hours in a windowless, smelly, crowded room and with our 4 year old boy who was amazingly good – hell on earth. The authorities like to make things difficult for you and make up rules. they said I couldn’t take food in… so I went round the corner, put the food in my bag, and walked back through past the same guy with no problem. There was no real system in place and they actually made us wait longer because we had come on the ‘wrong day’ (you have to select a day online to register) and you must print out the reg forms, with photos, and all the required documents including a FORM C from your hotel (they will know what this is – tell them you need it even if they say they have already submitted it). This confirms your length of stay etc. I honestly believe that we would have been in that FRRO office longer had I not ended up pushing in and lying by saying I needed to get back to the hotel for vital medication, and also had my little boy there as back-up!! Stand your ground and be firm. it actually reduced me to tears, honestly! But the Mumbai one might be better…. Friends recently managed to get their babies exit visas from the FRRO within an hour, but another man I met whilst registering last time with hjs newborn twins was there for 4 hours. Everybody’s experience is different. Oh and at the end they handed us these documents which we presumed were evidence of our registration (no explanation given – just that was that, after 6 hours!) and on our departure it didnt look as though the immigration guy even knew what it was when we handed them over! He asked us if he should keep them or would we need them again. it is a complete joke. Good luck, and I am sure it will be far better than our experience last time! The highlight was going outside to suspend my son over a stinking ditch of urine and rubbish to have a wee because the toilets inside were far FAR worse. Oh and getting our forms printed out at a shack on the side of the road who had a computer hidden under a blanket – the website mentioned that there were ‘printing facilities’ at the FRRO…. and this was apparently it! fun fun fun….

    • oh, this sounds like it may be the highlight of our trip… yikes. i am really happy they stamped our passports or we would not have known, we are some of the lucky ones i guess. i wonder if i can print off any of the forms here, i think i will look into it before we go.

      your post made me laugh a few times, cuz what else can you do? lol!!!!

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