Couple face Belarus prison and loss of surrogate child amid UK visa delays

Graeme Batsman says his Filipina wife’s passport has been caught up in an ‘admin issue’ in Britain

A British man and his Filipina wife say they are facing imprisonment in Belarus and will miss out on starting a family via surrogacy because of UK delays in visa processing.

Graeme Batsman, a data security expert from Harrow, and his wife, Maura Mendez Arganda, travelled to Vitebsk oblast, Belarus, in February to arrange a surrogate birth that would cost them £25,000.

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