Today we went to the FRRO with our 3 babies in hand. I had every document under the sun and more learning from other people's previous experience.....the only additional item they asked us for was for us to write a document to certify that we undertake to care for our babies born through surrogacy. That was easy - I wrote it and hubby and I both signed it straight away on the spot. A fairly redundant document though in our view.....so at 11.30am we thought we were home and hosed with babies passports being stamped.....lo and behold they then started questioning Andrew about his surrogacy visa (medical visa).....Why did you not register with the FRRO as you have a medical visa? As Andrew tried to explain that his visa was a surrogacy visa they did not care. They said well you need an exit visa now yourself and we will fine you. So Andrew had to go to a cyber cafe, register for exit permit and then queue up again. My niece and I came home with the three babies and we were home at about 1pm....with babies passports with exit permits in hand. For Aussies it is 3700 INR per exit visa - I dont understand why there are different costs if you come from a different country???
At about 3.30pm Andrew came home with his exit visa in hand at a cost of 1600 INR......so the process is over ....we head home this Sunday 13 January 2013 to the loving arms of our family......sigh of relief
It feels so surreal......India has become a second home........we not only feel blessed to now have our three bubs but to be part of a special family with lots of Indian cousins that are living around the world. So to Aiden and Zara and Ryan and Ruben and to Francisco and Gachy and Fernando - this is not goodbye but see ya later or in Hindi fill a malinga (बाद में मिलेंगे).......we love you all very much and are forever in our hearts.....we are going home to save money for future trips for ourselves and babies to visit their cousins in Miami and Argentina......
Love Sophie, Lilly, Jack, Mel and Andrew and Rachel