Sending Power of Attorney to India

By HorizonNerd - February 27, 2018

Planning to buy or sell property in India? But no plans to visit in the near future. Sending a Power of Attorney would be a solution. How? Here is the step by step process

Documents Required:- 
  • POA format
  • Passport and Visa
  • Passport photograph
  • Id and address proof

Steps for creation:-
  • Get the POA format ready and print it on the plain paper
  • Sign it on every page also from 2 witnesses with their address
  • Get the papers attested from the public notary. Carry address and id proof also
  • Public notary attestation can be done at the state department as well be we came to know that later
  • The public notary will also provide one form on which needs to be provided to the state department for apostillisation
  • Take all the documents to the department of state in our case we went to Sacramento
  • Department of state will put the seal on POA format and return it back to you. They accept a fee from Debit/Credit cards
  • Next step is to get xerox of attested POA, download and fill the miscellaneous application form and affix passport photo on the form before going to the consulate
  • Get the money order/cashier check of $22 in favor of “Consulate General of India, San Francisco”. Additional $10 is for photograph attestation.
  • Submit all documents to the consulate (attested POA, copy of address and ID proof, passport and visa)
  • Submit money order/cashier check to other counter and they will provide receipt/token to get documents back.
  • They will keep the original passport with all documents, Return window opens at 4 PM attested POA and original will be returned.
Some pointers: -
  • Print POA document single-sided
  • Department of state office opens at 8 am, try to reach there as soon as they open since it will be crowded later.
  • Document submission at the consulate will not take much time if you have all documents ready.
  • Don't forget to carry an original passport to consulate they will verify the original passport.
  • Since POA will be registered in India, send it through proper channels ( USPS/UPS, etc.) since the envelope will also need to be presented to the registrar.
  • Time taken to figure out the process - 1 weekend
  • Attestation form public notary - 15 mins
  • Apostillisation - 10 min
  • Document submission at the consulate - ½ hr
  • End to end processing time - 1 week

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