Preparing US Citizenship Documents for Surrogacy in Ukraine

Hello folks, here’s a quick update on what’s we’ve been up to! We have been busy getting the house ready (the nursery is STILL in progress, haha), and preparing for our trip, which is only about a week away! One of the more important tasks for preparation is to make sure you have all of your documents ready, so that the US Citizenship process is smooth and quick. Everyone will tell you that US folks are lucky, because our process is very quick, compared to our European counterparts. Most Euro folks need to stay about 3 – 4 months with court proceedings to get your country to accept your baby for citizenship, so we are thankful that our trip will hopefully be only around 4 – 6 weeks. However, because we are having twins and we don’t really know when they come, we are prepared and ready to go at any time!


This is the checklist that Biotexcom will provide you to collect before you head over. The passports and marriage certificate is easy – we had all of those already. However, the apostilization can be tricky. When I got married to K, I changed my name, but the marriage certificate doesn’t indicate the name change. So we had to get a letter written by an attorney stating how my name had changed, and then get it notarized. We were so fortunate to have one of K’s old high school students (who is now a practicing lawyer) hook us up with the letter and notarization – we were so grateful! Then K took the document to Indianapolis to get it apostilled (sp?) by the Secretary of State. Apostilization is basically just getting something notarized on an international level, so that other governments (in our case, Ukraine) will accept legal documents that you present. K was able to finish all of this in a day, so it wasn’t a huge ordeal, although I’m not quite sure how much prep-work was involved in doing this.

The only concern that we have is that since I was naturalized in the US in my 20’s, that Ukraine officials might request my birth certificate from Korea, which I don’t have. We sent off everything to Biotexcom, and are now awaiting confirmation of whether this is satisfactory, or whether we need to have my naturalization certificate apostilled, but since it’s at the federal level, we’re hoping this is okay, as it is pretty US official. We’ll keep you posted on what happens!

On another note, is anyone interested in having a webinar where I can answer your questions that you might have? If so, please leave a comment or email me directly at – and hopefully we can get something set up in the next two weeks!


  • lindcey hawks

    Here is the guideline on the process of obtaining of the birth certificate for the baby. It usually takes up to 1 week.
    In order to obtain the birth certificate IP need to have their marriage certificate apostilled in the country that issued that marriage certificate. For countries that are not participants of the Hague Convention, abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille convention) – the marriage certificate should be legalised. Apostille is not the same as legalisation. You may click the following link in order to check if your country is the participant of the Hague Convention
    If the name on IP’s marriage certificate differs in any way from the name on the passport (e.g. there is a middle name on one or not the other, or surnames differ) – IP need to obtain an official intermediate document confirming their identity. Failure to provide such document may cause the process delay. In this case the program coordinator is definitely to advise you with all such issues.
    In order to obtain the birth certificate both IP need to be in the country.
    Then the birth certificate will be submitted for apostillation, translation and notarisation.
    This is how it went for us.

  • amaluis

    Thank you for sharing this piece of info. I’ve already shared this link with people looking onto surrogacy in Ukraine. The thing which amazes is that they think the whole process is intricate here. But it’s not ’cause things are well regulated with law. In Ukraine you’ll have your baby after delivery in any case! This makes everyone feel safe. And Biotexcom in particular helps all its couples through the program and up to the day they fly with their babies home.

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