Attestation of Documents
Type of Documents Attested
Documents to be attested at the Consular Section of the Consulate could be of any of the following types:
- Documents issued by an authority in UK under UK laws (e.g. birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, educational degrees/certificates etc.).
- Documents issued by an authority in India under Indian laws(e.g. birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, educational degrees/certificates etc.) or documents executed by the applicants themselves in India.
- Documents executed by the applicants themselves in UK (e.g. affidavits, declarations, power of attorney, will etc.).
Documents falling under catergory (1) and (2) above have to be apostilled by the competent authorities in the respective countries i.e.
- documents issued by an authority in UK under UK laws have to be apostilled by the competent authorities in the UK (for details, please visit UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office web link: https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised)
- and documents issued by an authority in India under Indian laws or documents executed by the applicants themselves in India have to be apostilled or attested by the competent authorities in India(for details, please visit Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India web link: http://www.mea.gov.in/legalization-of-documents.htm).
This is common to both, Indian nationals as well as foreign nationals.
For documents under category (3) above, can either be got apostilled by the competent authorities in the UK or they can be got directly attested at the Consulate General of India, Birmingham. Personal appearance (where applicable) of the applicant and of the witnesses before the Consular Officer atthe High Commission is mandatory for direct attestation of such documents.
Legalization of Documents and Implementation of the 'Apostille' Convention:
Relevant portions abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents in case of contracting states are contained in Article 1 of the Hague Apostille Convention, and are re-produced below:
The present convention shall apply to public documents which have been executed in the territory of one Contracting State and which have to be produced in the territory of another Contracting State. For the purposes of the present Convention, the following are deemed to be public documents:
However, the present Convention shall not apply:
Detailed Guidelines/ Procedure for Attestation:
I. Attestation of Documents (Birth/Death/Marriage/Educational Certificates etc.)
II. Attestation of Power of Attorney (PoA)/Affidavit (s) relating to Civil matters
III. Attestation of Power of Attorney (PoA)/Affidavit (s) relating to Property/ Financial matters
IV. Execution of Will/ Gift Deed
V. Attestation of Commercial Documents/ Company Documents