Attestation of Documents(General information) Consular Services

Attestation of Documents(General information)

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 - 11:15 am. Delivery of documents : 11:30 am - 13:00 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. 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.

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

Appostile 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 Consulate 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. 

The Consulate does not certify genuineness of any document issued by authorities in India. If any document issued by authorities in India (such as birth and death certificates, affidavits, educational documents/diplomas, marriage certificate and Driving License etc.) are required 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. However, for the ease of Indian nationals, Consulate/Consulates does “True Copy Attestation Only” of the documents issued by authorities in India, which does not mean certifying the genuineness of the document.

It is mandatory for the documents issued by the US Government authorities to be apostilled by the relevant authorities in the USA before presenting the document for attestation at the Consulate.

How to Apply in Person:

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

Kindly note that the applicant has to provide the duplicate set of all documents that are to be attested by the Consulate

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

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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. Attestation of scanned/photocopies of the documents will not be done.

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Local documents like bank statement, salary statement, employment letter of the applicant, Driving License etc. need to be self attested by the applicant and only signature of the applicant will be attested. Please attach original and a copy of the same. 

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For attestation of Indian passport, DL, Educational documents etc., applicant may submit original and a copy of the same. Documents which are not apostilled from India (refer instructions given above - ‘Legalization of Documents’) will not be authenticated by Consulate/Consulate. Such documents will only be attested as ‘True Copy Attestation Only”.

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Fee:  A non-refundable fee of US$ 10 (ten) + US$2 (two) towards Indian Community Welfare Fee (ICWF) per attestation. For subsequent documents, US$10/- each has to be paid by applicant. The fee is payable in cash only

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Processing Time: Application will be processed and handed over to applicant on the same day.

 

How to Apply by Postal Mail:

1.

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

2.

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

3.

Self attested photocopy of the document showing valid US visa status.

4.

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

5.

Ensure that photocopies of all the documents are legible. Attestation of scanned/photocopies of the documents will not be done.

6.

Local documents like bank statement, salary statement, employment letter of the applicant, Driving License etc. need to be self attested by the applicant and only signature of the applicant will be attested. Please attach original and a copy of the same. 

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For attestation of Indian passport, DL, Educational documents etc., applicant may submit original and a copy of the same. Documents which are not apostilled from India (refer instructions given above - ‘Legalization of Documents’) will not be authenticated by Consulate/Consulate. Such documents will only be attested as ‘True Copy Attestation Only”.

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Fee:  A non-refundable fee of US$ 10 (ten) + US$2 (two) towards Indian Community Welfare Fee (ICWF) per attestation. For subsequent documents, US$10/- each has to be paid by applicant. The fee may be paid through money order/cashiers’ cheque in favor of Consulate General of India, New York.

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 at Consulate General of India, Consular Wing, 3 East, 64th Street, New York, NY 10065.

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