Indian-origin couple stranded with their new-born twins in India due to UK passport delay
Jai and Leela, the two new-born twin babies are stranded in India for the past three months with their parents due to a delay in the UK passport.
Kiran and Bina Salvi, the parents of the two surrogate twins came to India from Bolton, Greater Manchester, around three months ago to take their babies back to their home in UK. However, due to the closure of the overseas offices of the UK government there has been a processing backlog across all British centres.
Home Secretary Theresa May was approached by the local labour MP Julie Hilling, who spoke to her about the difficult time that the couple is going through.
She said, “They are desperate, running out of money and stuck in a hot hotel room in India.”
The two children were born premature at a surrogacy clinic in Anand, Gujarat on March 3 and were awarded UK citizenship however due to the delay in the processing the family is unable to return to the UK.
Kiran and Bina Salvi with new-born twin babies Jai and Leela
Kiran Salvi, the father and also an IT specialist, said, “When we ring the Passport Office helpline we get a request for a reference but for overseas applications there is no reference number.”
Adding to it he said, “We have been waiting 12 years to have a family, I do not regret my two children I just want to be able to get home and enjoy them in Britain where we live.”
According to Mr. Salvi, on April 30, the High Commission in New Delhi told them that their applications were verified correctly and were being sent to Liverpool for further processing.
He said, “We have not had any information since then and after being told initially that these applications would take a maximum of eight weeks to process, the website now says that figure has been extended to 16 weeks.”
“The surrogacy process has been expensive and used up all of our savings,” he said.
As per the UK Home Office, there were lot of checks required as this case involved a complex surrogacy application and that they had contacted the family by phone and email and were waiting for the family to provide them further information that they require.
A spokesperson at the UK Home Office said, “We will not issue a passport until all checks have been satisfactorily completed.”
– YS Subramaniam