Britons have been asked to take legal advice and research various issues about nationality and visa requirements before entering into surrogacy arrangements in India, which is one of the favourite destinations of prospective parents.
The Foreign Office on Tuesday issued detailed guidance for Britons considering surrogacy in India and other popular destinations such as the United States, Ukraine and Georgia. It includes details of the mandatory requirements for surrogacy in India.
The Foreign Office said UK missions abroad were dealing with an increasing number of people seeking international surrogacy as an alternative route to parenthood. Surrogacy arrangements can be a “long and complex process”, it said.
The process for getting a child born from surrogate mother back to the UK can be complicated, can take several months to complete and may vary depending on whether the surrogate mother is married.
Daisy Organ, children’s policy advisor at the Foreign Office said: “Many couples are choosing to enter into surrogacy arrangements overseas to build and grow their family. The legal processes around international surrogacy are complicated and the procedure for getting passports and confirming nationality for the child can be complex and take a long time”.