First, always make friends with other IPs while you're here. We all know bits and pieces, but together we know it all! SUPER HUGE THANKS to Annette for making us aware of the new requirements for the Medical Visas!!!
In addition to IPs having to come on a Medical Visa in order to do surrogacy in India, there is also a new requirement that you must register your visa with the FRRO within 14 days of entry. As Monday is our 14th day, you can see that this was *almost* a problem! Again, thanks Annette!
I have finished the online paperwork and we'll head to M-Block on Monday to get the passport pictures done. One other tip to anyone who is about to do this, or anything abroad, ALWAYS keep digital copies of your passport, visas, etc. online in a file that you can access from email. I have gmail and they give me digital storage. There's one there that is called "Travel" where I keep all essential information. Honestly, it's brutal to think about, but I try to imagine that I have to emergency evac'd from the middle of nowhere - what would I need? Those things are the things I keep copies of online. My mom also has back-up copies of this stuff for both Harris and I just in case something happens and she has to come find us, and there's copy in our safe at home in case she's misplaced something...Again, I know it's brutal to think about, but it does come in handy when one needs a copy of something fast.
So, I've pulled the info from the SCI forum about the Visa registration. Again, if you're coming over on a Medical Visa, please make sure you're aware of these new requirements!!! Here's what I've found...
Information regarding FRRO registration:
We would like to inform you that Foreigners visiting India on a medical visa are required to get themselves registered with concerned FRRO within 14 days of his/her arrival in India.
Kindly find all the necessary information below.
(i) Four recent passport size photographs.
(ii) Photocopy of photo page and valid Indian Visa page of the passport.
(iii) Proof of residence address in India, Documents of identification.
(iv) The applicant should also complete the online registration form and also take appointment online.
We would like to inform you that the Applicant is required to fill the online registration form and schedule his/ her appointment in the FRRO before his/ her visit. Once the application form is filled and submitted, a unique Registration number is generated by the system. Kindly visit the website http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/frro/ for your reference.
Please find the address of the FRRO Delhi as mentioned below.
East Block-VIII, Level-II, Sector-1, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066.