High Quality Advice
Our experience of working with the team at Hudson McKenzie means you will consistently receive high quality advice, which is delivered quickly and succinctly. As well as speedy responses by email, there is always someone you can speak to on the phone. We’ve built a great relationship and collaboration with the team from day one. The team have also gone above and beyond to help and enable us to improve our global mobility processes and service to our business, which is something our previous provider had overlooked.Kaisa
You have provided us an excellent service so far. The response time is exceptionally quick and you are fully in control when it comes to the visa process. Your services have enriched our company in providing our employees guidance in visa-matters.Overall, very happy with you personally. A nice service-oriented person whom I can always count on.
It was crisis time and you ladies stepped up to the plate
Just a quick note to thank you for helping out! It was crisis time and you ladies stepped up to the plate (baseball term). I appreciate your help and apologies for all the phone calls.Professional Golfer
Vaida has done a wonderful job and has been very responsive with the daily crises of submitting our Tier 1 application. She has been extremely patient with us as well so we are very grateful to both Rahul and Vaida. Honestly we were shocked but overjoyed that the visa was approved so readily and without an interview or additional documentation. We wish you the best and thank you so much for your help and support.Kevin and Jane
Happy to recommend
A good friend had recommended Amisha from Hudson McKenzie. I needed help with my application for British Citizenship and was looking for a competent lawyer to help with the process. I was not disappointed: Amisha and her colleague Vaida were very competent and personable at the same time. Very approachable and friendly and happy to help, advise and reassure all the way through the process. Thank you very much, both of you, you made a stressful time just that bit easier. Happy to recommend!Gabriella Z
Very grateful for your service
It was great experience working with you, Amisha. You are one of the finest immigration consultants I have ever met, your patience in answering several of my questions left me amazed. You are an example of how client service should be delivered. Thank you once again for your incredible service.Harish
I would like to personally thank you for helping me in this matter, you have been absolutely amazing!Ms. Frew
A million thanks!
A million or more thanks for bringing this matter to an end. I do not know how to thank you. I am happy now and agree with it. Once again thank you for your top professional work you have done for me and other clients.Amir Afshar
The Legal PA was extremely helpful and knowledgeable on reception and I was very satisfied by the advice given by the employment solicitor.Paul Doyle
A big thank you!
Just don’t know what to say other than a BIG THANK YOU for all your support and guidance for making this happen on such short notice.Your service and the way you guys dealt with my work is absolutely brilliant and awesome.Top stars and once again Thank You.Piyush Desai
Thank you Hudson McKenzie for being so brilliant by navigating the the process for me with such patience and ease. It’s really very much appreciated.K. Mueller
Thank you Hudson McKenzie for sorting out my paperwork so promptly and efficiently, as well as for your advice and assistance.L. Hutson
Wholehearted cooperation and transparency
"I am writing this review overjoyed and filled with happiness and gratitude. I take this opportunity to thank you Rahul, for your whole hearted cooperation and transparency kept by you all the time. Frankly speaking, when I approached Rahul on 21-May-2012, I was in a very tough situation. My company had applied for Sponsorship license which was still pending and I was about to finish my PSW visa by June 15th. I was really in a dilemma whether I will get my visa or not, but by God’s grace and by the sincere effort by Rahul in updating all the documents needed we have been finally rewarded.I really liked your approach all throughout the process and I assure you that I will recommend all my friends and relatives who are looking for immigration help in UK to your firm. My special wishes to all your team for the support."Kalyan Chakravarthy
Attention to Detail and Responsiveness
We have been very pleased with their advice, attention to detail and responsiveness which has sped us through the immigration process in a very short time frame. If you are thinking “why do I need to pay someone else to help me through the process” I can only say that without Rahul’s support and advice throughout, we would have been a lot more stressed and possibly would have fallen at several hurdles along the way. We are both used to dealing with forms and bureaucracy but we found ourselves going round in circles at times trying to work out the UKBA paperwork. Whenever we had a query, Rahul was always able to e-mail us back straight away with the advice we needed. His experience enables him to cut through all the reams of guidance notes, forms and lists of requirements which eases the path considerably. Rahul takes a keen interest in his clients and will always do his best to get a positive and swift outcome. We are really pleased with the service we received and would recommend Hudson McKenzie to anyone looking for Immigration Lawyers.Daryl Pollock
We approached Hudson McKenzie to seek assistance in relation to our spouse application. They have been extremely courteous and have always been prompt in answering our calls. Our application was approved within a very short time scale- thanks to the team at Hudson McKenzie who made this possible. We are happy to recommend them to everyone we know.Gary Bates
International Surrogacy Lawyers London
Surrogacy is an arrangement whereby a woman carries and bears a child on behalf of the ‘intended or commissioning parents’.
Under English Law, the woman who carries and bears the child is the legal mother. If she is married at the time she becomes pregnant, English law will see her husband as the legal father, regardless of the genetic make-up of the child.
Due to the legal limitations and high costs related to surrogacy, international surrogacy is often an attractive option.
If you are a UK national couple considering conceiving with a foreign surrogate, there are several issues to consider, including immigration- namely, issues pertaining to Entry Clearance, British Registration and Citizenship in order to bring the child to the United Kingdom.
Important points to consider
- Any child to be brought into the UK, who is born as the result of a surrogacy arrangement, will be subject to UK law.
- Where neither of the commissioning couple have a genetic connection with the child, there will be no possibility of UK legislation allowing for the commissioning couple to obtain a Parental Order.
- No matter what the genetic make-up of the child, UK law sees the woman who carries and bears the child as the legal mother. If she is married at the time of her artificial insemination or the implantation of an embryo, UK law will see her husband as the legal father, unless it is shown that he did not consent to the implantation of the embryo or the artificial insemination. This presumption may be rebutted by evidence that the commissioning man is the genetic father. As the surrogate mother is recognised as the legal mother, section 30 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (HFE Act 1990) provides a procedure by which the commissioning couple can acquire parental rights. The surrogate mother and the “legal” father must give full and free consent for the parental order. Such consent is not effective until the child is at least six weeks old, and exists to ensure that the surrogate mother is sure she has made the correct decision.
- Where a surrogate mother is a foreign national residing abroad, even if her home country sees the commissioning couple as the “parents” and issues documentation to this effect, UK law and the Immigration Rules will not view them as “parents”. Only where the surrogate mother is single is there a chance the sperm donor/commissioning male as the legal “father”.
There are three main possible scenarios in a surrogacy arrangement (depending upon the genetics involved), and there are three corresponding legal routes whereby a child born as the result of a surrogacy arrangement may be brought into the United Kingdom, (depending upon the recognised legal connection between the commissioning the resulting child).
Scenario A- The male of the commissioning couple has a genetic connection with the child and the surrogate mother is unmarried.
Where the male of the commissioning couple provides the sperm, (and thus has genetic connection with the child), and the surrogate mother is unmarried, the male who provides the sperm will be considered for immigration and nationality purposes, as the resultant child’s father, so long as he is so identified on official documentation and can prove his connection by way of accredited DNA evidence.
He may be able to establish his paternity to the extent that he can pass on British citizenship to the child, (obviously only if he is himself a British citizen), or be able to sponsor the child’s entry to the United Kingdom under Paragraph 297 of the Immigration Rules as a dependent child. (The latter is only possible where the surrogate mother gives up parental responsibility for the child.)
If the child is brought to the UK and an application is made to the courts for a Parental Order under Section 30 of the HFE Act within six months of the child’s birth (but excluding the first six weeks of the birth and all the other requirements of the Act are fulfilled), a Parental Order may be obtained in respect of the commissioning couple thus conferring parental responsibility on them.
Scenario B- The male of the commissioning couple has a genetic connection with the child and the surrogate mother is married.
Where the male of the commissioning couple has a genetic connection with the child and the surrogate mother is married, the male who provides the sperm will not be considered as the resultant child’s father if the child was conceived as a result of artificial insemination or the implantation of an embryo, unless it is shown that the surrogate mother’s husband did not consent to the treatment.
This is because for the purposes of immigration and nationality, UK law views the woman who carries and bears a child as the child’s mother and her husband as the father. The commissioning man will be unable to pass on his British citizenship to the child, nor be able to sponsor the child’s entry to the United Kingdom under the Immigration Rules.
In order to bring the child to the UK, the surrogate mother and her husband will have to give up their parental responsibility and an application will have to be made for entry clearance to bring the child to the UK outside the Immigration Rules.
If this is successful and the child is brought to the UK, and an application is made to the courts for a Parental Order under Section 30 of the HFEA within six months of the child’s birth, (but excluding the first six weeks after birth, and the other requirements of the Act are fulfilled), a Parental Order may be obtained in respect of the commissioning couple, i.e. the man who provided the sperm, (and who can demonstrate this by way of DNA evidence) and his wife.
Scenario C- The female of the commissioning couple has a genetic connection with the child, (the surrogate mother can be unmarried or married).
Where the female of the commissioning couple has a genetic connection with the child, no matter what the surrogate mother’s marital status, the female who provides the egg will not be considered as the resultant child’s mother.
In order to bring the child to the UK the surrogate mother and, if she is married, her husband, will have to give up their parental responsibility and an application will have to be made for entry clearance to bring the child to the UK outside the Immigration Rules.
If this is successful and the child enters the UK and an application will have to be made to the courts for a Parental Order under Section 30 of the HFEA within six months of the child’s birth.
In these circumstances it will be necessary for one of the commissioning couple to be able to demonstrate both to the courts and to the entry clearance officer that a genetic connection with the child exists, by way of DNA evidence which will be of sufficient integrity to be acceptable to the UK courts.
Without this level of proof, the UK courts will not grant a Section 30 Parental Order and so entry clearance will not be granted outside the Immigration Rules at the discretion of the Secretary of State.
The legal issues associated with international surrogacy are immensely complex, and we strongly recommend specialist legal advice at the outset to prevent unforeseen problems and give you a better chance of reaching a positive outcome.
Our team of London Immigration Lawyers can provide advice and assistance in relation to immigration issues resulting from international surrogacy arrangements namely:-
- Advising on issues of immigration, entry clearance, citizenship.
- Providing guidance on UK surrogacy law, including parenthood and domicile status.
- Helping parents prepare parental order applications.
- Liaising with foreign lawyers for dealing with domestic matters, i.e. FRRO clearance.
Contact our Surrogacy Solicitors London, UK
For further information, please contact our Surrogacy lawyers in London – click here or call us on +44(0) 20 3318 5794.