Australians seeking commercial surrogacy in India are typically expecting to complete their families by means of a scientific way that is more readily accepted in India, and is rather cheap there.
Although it is simply the science of having your baby with the help of another woman, surrogacy is a long process that triggers many questions, and sometimes anxiety, in the minds of the commissioning parents.
Cost: 17,065 AUD
This cost is calculated the exchange rate as of March 2014. Prices are subject to change without any prior notice.
What Australians must know about Indian Surrogacy?
In a bid to better regulate the process of commercial surrogacy, the Indian Government has recently issues certain guidelines for foreigners seeking surrogacy here.
- The commissioning couple must be a heterosexual couple, married for atleast two years.
- They must be on a medical visa to India
- They must obtain letter from their own government acknowledging their surrogacy agreement and ensuring the will be recognized as the biological child of the couple commissioning surrogacy and be permitted to enter the country.
- They must obtain a valid visa for the baby within 14 days of its birth, as required by the Indian Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO). Late applications are penalized.
The Australian Government has provided its letter of consent for people who meet all the requirements for surrogacy in India.
Australian Passport for Surrogacy Kids
Passports for children born to Australian couples from surrogacy arrangements in India are issued if they meet the requirements of the Australian Passports Act 2005.
A letter of consent from the surrogate as well as other people with parental responsibility is required. For more information, you can check this page from Australian Government.
Australian Citizenship for the Baby
When couples of Australian descent commission for surrogacy in India, they can get citizenship of Australia for the baby by submitting evidence that:
- the child is the biological child of the intended parent; and
- the commissioning parent is also recognised as the legal parent of the child
DNA testing will be done to establish this; only the tests done at certain centers listed by the Australian Government are acceptable.
After you enter the surrogacy arrangement, you must inform the Australian High Commission by email (Citizenship.NewDelhi@dfat.gov.au) and provide your full name, date of birth, and passport number. They will then provide you a DNA testing offer letter including a reference number and a statutory declaration for the laboratory to complete.
Call for better regulation of Surrogacy in Australia
Noting the growing numbers of Australians flocking to India for surrogacy, University of Technology, Sydney, Professor Jenni Millbank reportedly stressed on the need for an ethical framework for commercial surrogacy in Australia.
“That doesn’t mean a profit-driven system, or an incentive system, but one that doesn’t make it so hard to do it if people want to do it,” she said at a presentation at the Fertility Society of Australia. “Parents say the idea that they would ask someone to do that for free is abhorrent.”
It is important to note that surrogacy laws in Australia are not uniform, and the states of NSW, Qld and ACT do not allow their residents to enter into foreign surrogacy arrangements.
For all other states, it is accepted.
The Australian Government says its concern is for the birth mother of the child (the surrogate), who should not be removed from the child against her wishes.
However, we work with Indian surrogates who are volunteers and usually have children of their own. They understand that this is a medical procedure intended to help a couple that are unable to carry a pregnancy.
Australians seeking further information on ivf-surrogacy in India, can get in touch with us via the form on the right.