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Attestation of Documents (Birth/Death/Marriage/Educational Certificates etc.)

Overview

Birth/Death/Marriage/Educational Certificates etc. issued by authorities in India need to be apostilled in India (for details, please visit Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India web link: http://mea.gov.in/apostille.htm) if they are to be presented before the authorities in the UK or before the authorities of the countries that are members of the Hague 'Apostille' Convention of 1961.  No further attestation or legalization of such apostilled documents by the High Commission of India in London or its Consulates in Birmingham or Edinburgh is required.

However, the High Commission of India in London or its Consulates in Birmingham or Edinburgh can counter attest a document that has been attested by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India or by any of the MEA’s authorized Branch Secretariats in India if the document in question is to be presented before the Missions/ Posts (in the United Kingdom) of countries, which are not members of the Hague ‘Apostille’ Convention of 1961 and where apostille is not accepted.

Fees

The fee in the table is inclusive of the £2 Consular Surcharge.

S No. Service Rendered Fee in GBP Service Charge in GBP Total In GBP
1 Attestation of Documents (Birth/Death/Marriage/Educational Certificates etc.) 11.00 7.44 18.44

Please Note: The fee is for each signature and stamp of the Consular Officer. If there is more than one document that needs to be attested, fee should be paid accordingly. Fees once tendered are non–refundable.

Payment Instructions:

Preferred mode of payment

  • At the application centre by Credit/Debit Card (Except American Express & Diners Card
  • At the application centre in Cash

Other Payment modes

Fees can be paid by Banker’s Draft /Postal Order, in favour of ‘’VF Services UK Ltd’’

*A Surcharge of 1.98% - 2.05% will be applicable on all credit card payments, depends on the type of credit card used.

Please Note: All fees once tendered are non–refundable.

Documents Required

  • Miscellaneous Application Form dully filled in and signed by the applicant.
  • The original document (s) (duly attested by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India or by any of the MEA’s authorized Branch Secretariats in India) to be counter attested along with a self-attested photocopy set of the original document (s).
  • In case of Indian Passport Holders: Valid passport in original and self-attested copies of first two and last two pages of the passport and the page (s) containing passport officer's observation (s) (if any).
  • In case of Other Passport Holders: Valid passport in original and self-attested copies of the passport pages containing personal particulars of the passport holder.
  • Proof of Residence: Any of the following self-attested documents viz. copy of utility bill (landline telephone bill/electricity bill/gas bill/water bill) or Driving License or lease deed (of residence) etc. where the applicant’s UK address is clearly mentioned, should be provided.
  • Visa Status: Self-attested copy of passport page/UK Residence Permit Card showing the visa status (where applicable) should be enclosed.

Processing Time: Normally, 3 working days (excluding the date of submission of application and date of dispatch of original and processed documents) subject to the application being complete in all respects.

Please Note:

  • Original documents provided will have to be submitted along with the photocopies, the same shall be returned to the applicants once the process is over.
  • The above are mandatory requirements. The applicant may be advised to submit some more documents, after scrutiny of the application and documents by the High Commission of India or its respective Consulates, on case to case basis.

Collection of processed documents

Documents once approved & ready will be delivered by Post/Courier only. Applicants are required to provide one Self – addressed; Recorded & Tracked Special Delivery envelope (Silver Royal Mail Envelopes) to return the Passport and other documents, alternately applicants can use the courier service offered at the centre.