Power of Attorney Consular Services

Power of Attorney

There is no need to take an appointment. Applicants can visit the Embassy/Consulate on any working day. For submission of documents : 9:15 am - 12:15 pm. Delivery of documents : 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. The service will be on first come first serve basis. Before, approaching the Consular Office to seek required service, applicant must be ready with complete application form and other required documents, as mentioned in the Embassy website. This is important to render better and quick service to the applicants.

Please apply strictly as per your jurisdiction for which you have verifiable proof of address. Following is the Consular jurisdiction of the Consulate: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

The Consulate reserves the right to reject attestation of documents, the contents of which are objectionable or contrary to the Rules.

Note: Consular Services are not provided to those applicants having Asylee or Refugee visa status.

Applicant signing Power of Attorney (PoA) must be present at the Consular counter. Applicant must ensure that his/her signature on passport matches with the signature on PoA. In case signature differs, applicant will be asked to re-sign the document in front of the Consular Officer.

Consulate does not prescribe any specific format for PoA. The same should be as per applicant’s requirements either on a plain paper or Indian Stamp Paper (Consulates don’t provide Stamp Papers).

PoA needs to be signed and witnessed by two US-based individuals (other than immediate family members) with their names and addresses clearly mentioned and their signatures should be notarized beforehand if the witnesses are not present in person at Consular counter.

Applicant is also required to affix one current photograph on the last page of the PoA and then make a photocopy of the PoA for retention by the Consulate.

In case of Indian origin nationals with foreign passport, applicant may first get the PoA apostilled by the State Department/Authorities. Only after that Embassy/Consulate will attest the PoA. There is no need for apostilled PoA, if passport holder (other than Indian) is holding valid OCI/PIO card.

Appostile of document is done at the office of the Secretary of State where the applicant resides.

Last Will of a dead person will not be attested by Embassy/Consulate.

Will/PoA of person who is mentally incapacitated will not be accepted. Such cases will be entertained only if applicant has notarized judicial orders of guardianship of the person who is the main executor of the PoA.

Apostille Convention: The Hague Convention, to which India and USA are signatories, abolishes the requirement of legalization for Foreign Public Documents. With the certification by the Hague Convention 'Apostille', the document is entitled to recognition in India and vice versa and no certification by the Embassy of India is required. The Convention applies 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.  In case Indian government/authority documents are to be presented to authorities in USA, these should be apostilled in India. For details, please check the website “Legalization of Documents” at http://www.mea.gov.in/apostille.htm.

Please note No Commercial Documents are attested by the Consulate. The same should be apostilled from US Government Authorities for presenting in India.

How to Apply (in person):

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Download the Miscellaneous Application form and fill it up carefully. Each applicant is required to fill up separate Miscellaneous Application form and affix his/her photograph on the same.

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Applicant’s current valid passport in original and its photocopy. Those applicants having Indian passport may provide original and photocopies of the first, last page and Visa page of the passport.

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Original and photocopy of the document showing valid US Visa Status.

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Original and photocopy of any of the following documents as proof of residence: US Driving License, Utility Bill, Lease Agreement, State Identity Card, and Mortgage Deed.

Note: Bank/credit card/mobile phone statements are not accepted as residence proof. 

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Carry all original supporting documents for presentation to the Consular Officer. Photocopies of these documents may be attached with the application.  Ensure that photocopies of these documents are legible.

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Fee:  A non-refundable fee of US$20/- (twenty) per PoA + US$2/- Indian Community Welfare Fee (ICWF). The fee may be paid through cash

PERSONAL CHEQUES, CREDIT CARDS, DEBIT CARDS OR OTHER BANKING INSTRUMENTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

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Processing Time: Same day if applied in person.

How to Apply by Postal Mail:

1

Download the Miscellaneous Application form and fill it up carefully. Each applicant is required to fill up separate Miscellaneous Application form and affix his/her photograph on the same.

2.

Applicant’s current valid passport in original and its photocopy. Those applicants having Indian passport may provide original and photocopies of the first page, last page and Visa page of the passport.

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Original and photocopy of the document showing valid US Visa Status.

4.

Original and photocopy of any of the following documents as proof of residence: US Driving License, Utility Bill, Lease Agreement, State Identity Card, and Mortgage Deed.

Note: Bank/credit card/mobile phone statements are not accepted as residence proof. 

5.

Fee:  A non-refundable fee of US$20/- (twenty) per PoA + US$2/- Indian Community Welfare Fee (ICWF). The fee should be paid through money order/cashiers’ cheque in favour of Embassy/Consulate.

PERSONAL CHEQUES, CREDIT CARDS, DEBIT CARDS OR OTHER BANKING INSTRUMENTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

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Please send a track able pre-paid return mailing envelope to the /Consulate No. 3, East 64 Street, New York 10065 ( between 5th and Madison Avenue)

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Processing time: Maximum of Five working days from the date of receipt of postal mail at the Embassy/Consulate. This is subject to submission of all requisite documents by applicant(s).