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POWER OF ATTORNEY / AFFIDAVITS RELATING TO PROPERTY OR FINANCIAL MATTERS

POWER OF ATTORNEY / AFFIDAVITS RELATING TO PROPERTY OR FINANCIAL MATTERS

POWER OF ATTORNEY

Applicants signing Power of Attorney (PoA) must be present at the Consular counter and must ensure that their signature on current valid 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.

Embassy does not prescribe any specific format for PoA and could be as per applicant’s requirements either on a plain paper or Indian Stamp Paper (Embassy doesn’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, with the applicant.

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

In case of Indian origin applicants holding other nationalities, they may first get the PoA apostilled by the State Department/Authorities. Only after that Embassy will attest the PoA. There is no need for apostilled PoA, if applicant holds a valid OCI/PIO card.

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

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.

How to Apply (in person):

1

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

2.

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.

3.

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.

4.

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

5.

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.

6.

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

How to Apply by Mail:

1

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

2.

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).