UPDATE: We have another client who had a son born in Tbilisi, Georgia 2 days ago so we will see how their exit process goes based on the precedent described below.

Global Surrogacy has clients from across the globe undertaking surrogacy programs in 6 different countries. Yet as diverse as our clients tend to be, they often have very similar concerns – “How soon can I return home with my child?”.

For surrogacy programs in Europe the child must obtain citizenship and a passport from its intended parents’ home country and that can often mean remaining in that country for some weeks!

Despite this reality, we’re proud to say that at Global Surrogacy, we work hard to get our clients home as quickly as possible in every instance. We do everything in our power to expedite every process, particularly the conferral of citizenship, and we’ve been getting our clients home in record speed.

Most recently, we were able to co-ordinate the expeditious conferral of citizenship for an Australian couple pursuing one of our surrogacy programs in Tbilisi, Georgia.

According to information published online by the Department of Home Affairs in Australia, it can take anywhere up to 3 months for Australian citizenship applications to be processed. However, in this instance, not only were we able to facilitate the acquisition of Australian citizenship in a significantly shorter timeframe, but we were able to have our clients in and out of Georgia within a month. This is an excellent achievement – and demonstrates the efficiency for which our Georgian programs are renowned.

In summary:

  • Our clients arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia, just prior to the birth of their son on 21 June 2018;
  • Their child was issued with a birth certificate five days later, on 26 June 2018 which included a weekend;
  • An English translation of the birth certificate and all documentation was obtained by 28 June 2018;
  • An Application for Australian citizenship was lodged on the same day;
  • A DNA sample was collected from the child on 4 July 2018;
  • The DNA results were reported and sent to the relevant government department on 11 July 2018;
  • Australian citizenship was granted by the Australian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey on 11 July 2018;
  • Our clients submitted the Australian passport application that we prepared for them in Warsaw, Poland on 17 July 2018;
  • We expect an Emergency passport to be issued today, 19 July 2018.
  • This timeline demonstrates that with an efficient and expeditious preparation of documentation and coordination of all agencies intended parents do not need to endure long stays in foreign countries once their children are born. We are constantly developing new practices and protocols to make sure that all of our clients, no matter where they pursue surrogacy, can take their child or children home as quickly and as safely as possible.

    For more information about the Georgian surrogacy programs that we currently offer, write to office@globalsurrogacy.baby or stay posted for further information.

    447 days after he was born through surrogacy in China, a child was finally granted Australian citizenship.

    An Australian man approached me late last year seeking assistance because his son born through surrogacy in China had been waiting for 10 months for Australian citizenship. This Intended Parent had been enticed by the offer of low cost surrogacy using a Thai surrogate having an embryo transfer in Cambodia and then the Thai surrogate travelling to China to deliver the child. The problem is that surrogacy is illegal for foreign intended parents in each of those countries.

    Australia is a signatory to several international conventions for protecting children and stopping human trafficking. As such the government has different obligations and considerations when an Australian citizen applies for citizenship by descent for a child born through surrogacy involving countries where surrogacy is illegal or prohibited. Essentially in this type of case the Australian government must get a form of consent from the relevant countries. For all 447 days since this child was born it was Stateless – without citizenship of any country and not entitled to any citizenship other than that of Australia. The cost benefits of undertaking surrogacy in Asia were quickly outweighed by the significant costs of the child remaining in a country where it had no rights to any health, medical, welfare or support services.

    DO NOT BE ENTICED BY THE PROMISES OF AGENCIES OR THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF OTHERS WHO CLAIM TO HAVE MANAGED THE PROCESS SMOOTHLY. The laws in Asia are quite clear. Foreign intended parents cannot undertake legal surrogacy in any Asian country.

     

    We’re proud to say that our surrogacy program in Ukraine is one of the most cost effective and legally secure surrogacy programs in the world.

    Ukraine has a long history of helping would-be parents start their own families. Once a popular destination for international adoption,  the country now boasts world class in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment procedures designed to accomodate intended parents engaged in surrogacy agreements.

    Ukrainian legislation was explicitly amended in 2002 to allow heterosexual, married couples to partake in compensated surrogacy. Since then, Ukraine has become a popular destination for intended parents from around the world who are seeking to engage in legally certain, cost effective and technologically sound surrogacy arrangements.

    In fact, our medical partners in Ukraine have been building families through IVF and other Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) for nearly 30 years. They now deliver an average of 500 babies each year using state of the art facilities based on Western medical protocols. This comprises a live birth success rate of some 74 percent, which means that our intended parents have a 74 percent likelihood of taking home a baby after just one IVF cycle.

    But it is not just the technological expertise of our medical clinics that makes Ukraine a popular destination for intended parents. Federal Ukrainian legislation that permits compensated surrogacy is also amongst the most legally certain surrogacy legislation in the world.

    Article 123 of the Ukrainian Family Code makes clear that when intended parents create an embryo, and transfer it into a surrogate to carry, they are to be considered the legal parents of the child. This stands in stark contrast to like provisions in other jurisdictions, which vest legal parentage in the birth mother of the child.

    In Ukraine, children are deemed to belong to their intended parents from the moment that they are conceived. The surrogate mother has no right to contest the maternal affiliation of the intended mother. The legal framework is clear and long established such that birth certificates are issued quickly with only the intended parents listed as parents.

    Furthermore, surrogacy contracts are deemed to be enforceable under federal Ukrainian law. This gives surrogacy contracts entered into in Ukraine a legal certainty that like contracts in other jurisdictions cannot be said to share.

    Apart from the legal and medical benefits that attend surrogacy arrangements entered into in Ukraine, compensated surrogacy in Ukraine is also significantly cheaper than counterpart arrangements elsewhere in the world. In fact, our surrogacy programs in Ukraine cost less than half of the amount that some agencies charge for similar arrangements in the United States.

    It’s not surprising then that we have a number of intended parents from around the world pursuing surrogacy arrangements in Ukraine. Those arrangements are medically and technologically sound, legally certain, and cost effective. We offer an all-inclusive, fixed costs program that guarantees as many embryo transfers as is necessary to achieve a pregnancy from one full IVF cycle. You can read more about our surrogacy program in Ukraine here.

    Russia has been in the news a lot lately – not always for good reason. Its economy has been the subject of harsh criticism and many of its policies – both domestic and foreign – have been censured by the Western media, often with due cause.

    It’s not surprising then that Russia is one of the last jurisdictions that many would-be parents consider when they think about surrogacy.

    But the Russian surrogacy regime is one of the most liberal and successful in Europe – and indeed the world. Surrogacy has been an accepted infertility treatment in Russia since 1993 and a number of clinics in Russia have now developed world class IVF treatment procedures specifically designed for surrogacy arrangements. They cater to a diverse range of intended parents from around the world – including single women and men, who are barred from pursuing commercial surrogacy in other European jurisdictions.

    Many of our clients are surprised to learn that Russia is the only European jurisdiction that allows single men, regardless of their sexuality, to pursue commercial surrogacy arrangements.

    Russia has indeed come under harsh criticism for its anti LGBT propaganda laws. And rightly so. But what a lot of people don’t realise is that the Russian Constitution explicitly protects the right of the individual to an inviolable private life. This constitutional provision has been used to justify the rights of all single men and women to access surrogacy related treatment procedures in Russia: gay and straight, local and foreign.

    The Russian system is not perfect. Gay and lesbian couples are not permitted to access surrogacy related treatment procedures, as such. However, we have a number of clients in committed gay relationships who are pursing surrogacy journeys in Russia as single men or women. For these clients, pursuing surrogacy in Russia is the safest, most affordable and expedient means of building the family that they have always wanted.

    In fact, the Russian surrogacy regime is being increasingly recognised as one of the most proficient and technologically adept in the world. Since 2010, the Moscow clinics that we work with have alone overseen the birth of more than 450 babies through gestational carrier – or surrogacy – agreements. They now have an ongoing pregnancy success rate of 75 percent for fresh, single embryo transfers. This success rate is in part due to the modern technology that our clinics use. But it is also thanks to the experience of our IVF doctors and specialists, who have a level of training and expertise on a par with clinicians from the USA and other European jurisdictions.

    We now have a number of clients pursuing surrogacy in Russia: married, single, gay and straight. Their experiences of Russia, and the Russian surrogacy regime, have been the same as ours. We have found the doctors, embryologists, lawyers and clinic staff that we work with in Russia to be friendly and professional and entirely welcoming.

    While Russia may continue to find itself at the centre of political controversy, our experience of Russia, and the continued experiences of our clients, reflect a different Russia altogether. We are therefore proud to offer a pioneering surrogacy program in Russia that continues to provide diverse intending parents with a cost effective, safe and proficient way to have children.