This was one of the posts on the old site posted by someone else that I still have. I thought it is useful and repost it here:
"The consulate does provide information on the surrogacy process. I've attached the two documents they email out here, one on the Consular Report of Births Abroad and one on DNA testing :http://www.globaldoctoroptions.com/us-i ... e-baby/437
With regard to the FRRO - the key goal there is to get an exit visa for the baby. Some folks seem to use local help to navigate the FRRO. Others seem to go on their own. Either way, it's a long day. Feedback is that you can get the exit Visa on the same day if your flight is in the evening or on the next day. Information I've found so far is here:http://www.globaldoctoroptions.com/fore ... t-visa/443
called to schedule an appointment with the US consulate for november 10 (a little bit of a guessing game and A LOT of pushiness with the consulate - they wanted to schedule us on November 25 - we said we needed an emergency appointment because we needed to get home - no other explanation was needed)
- they open at 9am and close at 5pm
- the earlier you get there the better off you are
- the waiting room filled quickly and was completely full by 9:30am.
- they send you paperwork in advance to complete to save time at the consulate
- both the regular and emergency passports cost the same $150 (they'll take cash, credit and rupees) the only difference is that the emergency passport expires in one year and you have to pay another $150 for another one a year later.
- Document needed:
+ the completed forms
+ our passports
+ a certified copy of our marriage certificate
+ each of our social security earnings statements
+ proof of residency - (utility bill works too)
+ baby's birth certificate from Anand
+ the original surrogacy agreement (Hitesh will give you the original file that will need to be returned to him -our hotel arranged for the file to be sent back via "blue dart" it's like fedex and cost $6 USD
+ they have a photographer to take baby's passport photos - the photographer is like a contractor and he just comes into the waiting area to take pictures and brings them back to you in the waiting room. two photos cost 300 rupees and you have to pay him rupees (won't take USD) separate from paying the consulate. you'll also need three additional passport photos for the frro so ask the photographer for five copies - two will go to the consulate and then you'll take the other three to the frro - extra rupees of course - plan on having at least 1000 rupees for the photos."