We are once again asking the basic questions about timing, paperwork, and medicines which held our thoughts captive every moment the first time we did the process. So, again, we're wondering how and if this is going to work. How in the world is everyone getting all of the paperwork done in the wake of the new law???
The laughter, that has to inevitably arise in times of massive stress, stems from the fact that I'm also cycling off of my anxiety medication right now. So, below I'm listing the questions we're asking (as American Citizens), and I will post the answers I get in hopes that it can help others hoping to do this process as well. I know Dr. Shivani's staff will totally help guide us thru the process, but again, I feel like we're starting totally over.
So here are some of the questions we've come up with (so far):
- When you say that we will "need to come to India to sign the
contracts" you don't mean before June 12th, right? You aren't saying
that we'd have to make a trip overseas to sign contracts, come home,
wait a few months, and come back for the procedure - are you?
- Have people been having problems getting approved for the medical visa? What kind of time-frame do we need for approval?
- How soon do we sign with the surrogate? AND, what happens if that surrogate doesn't work out in the process and we have to change? That's happened 2 times already...are we out of luck and unable to do the process? OR, do we just sign a new contract and keep moving forward with the process?
- Do we have to have our medical visa in hand BEFORE we buy our plane tickets and book the hotel room? I can't remember this from the first time we did this, and I don't know if the new law has changed any regulations in this way.
- In the "citizen eligibility letter" note, do you mean that we have to contact our Embassy now for that letter? How does that work? (**This was the information that said we'd have to contact the Embassy and make sure that a baby born abroad from surrogacy would be eligible for citizenship.**)