On the way to the Hospital today we got a call from Dr Meenakshi's Lawyer, Pratik. He was contacting us to assist with the citizenship process. It turns out that I should have trusted my instincts. Lost in translation is a real phenomenon. I should have had my DNA test done in Australia before the twins were born. Also if the girls were born to plan and delivered at Hiranadani Hospital they would have had their DNA done there. Because they were born at a smaller hospital and then transferred to the NICU at Surya Children's hospital a panel Dr appointed by the High Commission has to do the test. There was also a problem with our contract and some documents missing. Pratik has shown us what we need to collect and he will finish the paperwork certification tomorrow. Things would be a great deal easier if the Mumbai Embassy could process these applications. Hopefully the Federal Government will recognise the increasing number of Australians using surrogacy in Mumbai and improve the service. Even with the current trend in criminalising commercial surrogacy amongst the states I think people will find a way to come.
Note to anyone going down this path, follow the guidelines on this page Children born through Surrogacy Arrangements applying for Australian Citizenship by Descent. It pretty much list exactly what is required from the Immigration Department.
After this afternoons session with Pratik I feel a whole lot better. We just about have everything we need for the twins citizenship applications. So I can fly to Delhi on Thursday with a complete application pack for each of the girls. The Dr Rele who needs to do the DNA test for the girls in Mumbai also called today and has kindly offered to come to the hospital and do the girls test there so that the process can get moving. A little persistence and patience has paid off. I am good at the persistence, not so much the patience.