POWER OF ATTORNEY / AFFIDAVITS RELATING TO PROPERTY OR FINANCIAL MATTERS
POWER OF ATTORNEY / AFFIDAVITS RELATING TO PROPERTY OR FINANCIAL MATTERS

Owing to the growing spread of COVID19, it has been decided to stop the walk-in Miscellaneous Consular Services at the Embassy of India with effect from March 16, 2020. The services will continue to be provided through Postal mail/shipping.

POWER OF ATTORNEY

  1. The Embassy does not prescribe any specific format for PoA and could be as per applicant’s requirements either on plain paper or Indian Stamp Paper (Embassy does not provide Stamp Papers).
  2. Applicants who are applying in person for Power of Attorney (PoA) must be present (cannot depute any representative) at the Consular counter and sign PoA at the counter.
  3. All applicants must ensure that their signature on PoA matches with the signature on the current valid passport. In case signature differs, applicants who come in person will be asked to re-sign the document and those who opt to apply by mail would be sent back the documents, to be signed again, as in the passport.
  4. PoA needs to be signed and witnessed by two individuals (other than immediate family members) with their full names and addresses clearly mentioned. If the applicants who come in person are not accompanied by witnesses, the applicants must get the witness signatures notarized before coming in person.
  5. Applicant is also required to affix one current photograph on the last page of the PoA and submit a photocopy of the PoA for retention by the Embassy.
  6. In case of applicants of other nationalities, they may first get the PoA apostilled by the US State Department/Authorities (ref Sl No. 7 below). Only after that Embassy will attest the PoA for such categories of applicants. However, there is no need for PoA to be apostilled for OCI/PIO card holders.
  7. Apostille of document is done at the office of the Secretary of State where the applicant resides.
  8. PoA of persons who are mentally incapacitated will not be accepted. Such cases will be entertained only if the applicant holds a notarized judicial order of guardianship of such person who is the main executor of the PoA.

How to Apply (in person):

i

Download the Miscellaneous Application form and fill it up carefully. Each applicant is required to fill up a separate a form and affix their photograph.

ii.

Applicant’s current valid passport in original and its photocopy. Those applicants who hold Indian passport may provide original and photocopies of the first five and last two pages. Original and photocopy of the document showing valid US Visa Status. Other nationals may provide the photocopy of the Passport bio-pages and pages with the applicant’s signature, and ensure that they sign their passport, at the space provided for the same.

iii.

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

iv.

Carry all original supporting documents for presentation to the Consular Officer. Legible photocopies of these documents may be attached with the application. 

v.

Fee:  A fee of US$20.00 (Twenty Only) per PoA and an additional fee of US$2.00(Two Only) per application towards Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF). For joint PoA, each additional applicant will have to pay fee of US$20.00 (Twenty Only). The fees may be paid in cash or as money order/cashiers’ cheque, drawn separately towards fee and ICWF, in favour of Embassy of India, Washington DC.

vi.

Processing Time: Same day, however, if unforeseen technical reasons occur, services can be delayed, till such problems are resolved.

 

How to apply by mail

i.

Indian nationals who are applying by mail must get the POA witnessed, signed and notarized and then follow the same procedure to fill up the application and enclose the same required documents as detailed above in the section ‘how to apply in person’ and send in the application enclosing a trackable pre-paid self-addressed return mailing envelope.

Other nationals while applying by mail must follow the same procedures as stated at Sl No. 6 and then enclose all documents as detailed in the section ‘how to apply in person’.

 Incomplete applications will be sent back indicating the requisites to complete those.

ii.

Fee:  A non-refundable fee of US$20.00 (Twenty Only) per PoA and an additional fee of US$2.00(Two Only) per application towards Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF). For joint PoA, each additional applicant will have to pay a fee of US$20.00 (Twenty Only). The fees may be paid only as money order/cashiers’ cheque, drawn separately towards and ICWF, in favour of Embassy of India, Washington DC.

3.

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