About Us Attestation FAQ's

POWER OF ATTORNEY

  1. How can I get Power of Attorney (POA) attested from the Indian Consulate?

Below mentioned documents are required to be sent to the Consulate alongwith applicable fee for attestation of POA:

  • Duly filled in Miscellaneous application form (Click here) along with a photograph pasted on it/Form for joint POA;
  • Original and photocopy of POA which needs to be attested;
  • Copy of passport (first and last page);
  • Copy of valid PR card/Work or Study permit/ Visitor visa (for Indian nationals)
  • Proof of address in Canada (Canadian driving license, Gas, Electricity or landline telephone bill displaying applicant's address and House lease agreement.
  • Self-addressed prepaid envelope for return of serviced documents.

 

  1. Can I submit my POA for attestation at the BLS office?

POA is only to be submitted at the Consulate by post along with required documents 

 

  1. Where can I submit my POA for attestation?

POA applications can be sent via post/courier

Consulate General of India

365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4

 

  1. Do I need stamp paper for preparation of POA in Canada?

Indian nationals can prepare the POA with the help of any lawyer/legal expert on a plain paper. The POA is not necessarily to be made on a stamp paper, while the executor is residing abroad. Indian Nationals are not required to authenticate the power of attorney from Service Ontario.

Canadian nationals can also prepare the POA on a plain paper with the help of any lawyer. However, before submitting it to the Consulate, the POA is mandatorily required to be authenticated by Ministry of Government and Consumer Services- Service Ontario (222 Jarvis Street, Toronto) for applicants residing in Ontario province. Applicants residing in other provinces may kindly get the pre-authentication from the designated consular offices in those provinces. 

 

  1. From where should I get my POA drafted?

Indian nationals can prepare the POA with the help of any lawyer/legal expert

 

  1. Can Consulate help in drafting POA?

No, Consulate will not be able to assist you in drafting of the POA

 

  1. I’m an Indian citizen, do I need to get pre-authentication from Service Ontario or provincial consular authorities?

Indian Nationals are not required to authenticate the power of attorney from Service Ontario or any provincial authority in case of in-person prior appointments.

However for postal applications, pre-authentication is required from Service Ontario ( Ministry of Government and Consumer Services- Service Ontario (222 Jarvis Street, Toronto) for applicants residing in Ontario province) or provincial consular authorities.

 

  1. For Joint POA, do we need to fill up 2 application forms?

No, there is a separate application form for joint POA applications. Same is available on the website https://www.cgitoronto.gov.in/page/power-of-attorney/ 

 

  1. What is the process for attestation of POA during COVID-19?

Given the situation of COVID-19, applications for POA can only be sent to the Consulate through post/courier until further notice. All the required documents are to be sent alongwith return prepaid envelope for return of serviced documents.

 

  1. Do I need to get signature of 2 witnesses on the POA?

Yes, signatures of two witnesses known to the executor are to be provided on the POA.

 

  1. Do the witnesses need to visit Consulate personally?

Presence of the witnesses for POA attestation is not required.

 

  1. I’m a Canadian National, how do I get the POA attested from the Consulate? What are the requirements?

Canadian nationals can prepare the POA on a plain paper with the help of any lawyer. However, before submitting it to the Consulate, the POA is mandatorily required to be authenticated by Ministry of Government and Consumer Services- Service Ontario (222 Jarvis Street, Toronto) for applicants residing in Ontario province. Applicants residing in other provinces may kindly get the pre-authentication from the designated consular offices in those provinces. 

 

  1. What is the process for Canadian Nationals residing in provinces other than Ontario?

Applicants residing in other provinces may get the pre-authentication from the designated consular offices in those provinces. Once, the authentication is done, they can send required documents by post/courier to the Consulate.

 

  1. Is it mandatory to do pre-authentication from Service Ontario or provincial authorities?

It is mandatory for Canadian Nationals to get the pre-authentication done from Service Ontario. Indian Nationals are not required to undergo this.

 

  1. How much is the fee for POA? 

Fee is C$ 28 is for one seal & signature of the Consulate, if applicant needs seal & signature on more pages fee applicable will be C$ 28 x number of pages

 

  1. How do I pay the fee at the Consulate or for postal applications?

Fee is to be paid by bank draft/money order in favor of Consulate General of India, Toronto

 

  1. Do I need to take appointment for doing POA?

Appointment in-person service can be sought from cons.toronto@mea.gov.in

 

  1. Which courier company should I use for sending the POA to the Consulate?

Any courier company can be used for sending the documents 

 

ATTESTATION OF WILL

  1. How do I get the will attested from the Consulate?

Canadian Nationals should first get the will notarized and authenticated by the Ministry of Government Services, Ontario (222 Jarvis Street, Toronto, M7A 0B6) or the concerned Provincial authorities and then take appointment for visiting Consulate along with the required documents to the Consulate for attestation. The consulate will attest the seal and signature of the concerned Provincial authorities on the page attached by authorities with the Will and other pages, if so required by the applicant and accordingly the fee will be charged.

 Indian national residing in Ontario Province may apply for attestation of the Will in person at the Consulate.  In such cases, authentication from Service Ontario is not required. However, the applicant and at least 2 witnesses have to sign the Will document in front of Consular Officer.

 

  1. Can the WILL be attested from the Consulate after death of the executant of WILL? What is the process in such cases?

If the Will is not registered before the death of the deceased, who has made the Will, it needs to be executed (Probate - A judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate) by the Court Order from the Court of Ontario and thereafter get the order notarized from Service Ontario (222 Jarvis Street) and the Consulate General of India, Toronto.

 

  1. Where can I submit the WILL for attestation?

for attestation of Will, the presence of applicant and witnesses in person at the Consulate is mandatory. Given the COVID19 situation, walk-ins have been suspended. However, prior appointment maybe sought from-  cons.toronto@mea.gov.in  for attestation of Will.

 

  1. Are Indian nationals required to pre-authenticate the WILL before it is attested by the Indian Consulate?

Pre-authentication is not mandatory for Indian Nationals

 

  1. I’m a Canadian citizen, how do I get my WILL attested from the Consulate? 

Canadian Nationals should first get the will notarized and authenticated by the Ministry of Government Services, Ontario (222 Jarvis Street, Toronto, M7A 0B6) or the concerned Provincial authorities and then take appointment for visiting Consulate along with the required documents to the Consulate for attestation. 

 

  1. What is the process for Canadian Nationals residing in provinces other than Ontario?

Applicants residing in other provinces can get the pre-authentication from the designated consular offices in those provinces. 

 

  1. Is the presence of 2 witnesses required for attestation of WILL by the Consulate, for signing the WILL in front of the consular officer?

Yes, presence of the applicant along with 2 witnesses at the Consulate is mandatory for the execution of the WILL.

 

  1. Can the WILL be attested by postal means?

Attestation of WILL is an in-person service and cannot be done via post/courier.

 

  1. How much is the fee for attestation of WILL? 

C$ 35 is for one seal & signature of the Consulate. If the applicant desires to have additional signature and stamp on the last page or any other page as the case may be, where the applicant has put his/her signature on the POA, there will be additional charge per seal & signature of the Consulate.

 

BACHELORHOOD CERTIFICATE

Q. I am an Indian citizen living in Toronto.  I am planning to marry a foreign national resident in Canada.  I understand that I would require “Capacity of Marriage Certificate or Bachelorhood Certificate” which has to be attested by Indian Consulate?

A. A Certificate of bachelorhood/single-status/eligibility to get married can be issued by a competent court/ SDM having jurisdiction of the area of the residential address of the applicant. This can be in the form of a certificate/ affidavit notarized by SDM which is required to be counter-attested by the Home Department of the State concerned. Thereafter, it is to be attested/apostilled by the Attestation Section of the Consular, Passport & Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.

MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE ATTESTATION

Q. I am an Indian national got married in a country other than Canada & India but I am a resident of Ontario.  I want to get my marriage certificate attested from the Indian Consulate.

A. You can get the marriage certificate apostilled from respective Embassy/Consulate and can then get the certificate authenticated by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services – Service Ontario (222 Jarvis Street, Toronto).  Such authenticated certificate can be presented for attestation at the Consulate.

 

Q. I am a Canadian citizen of Indian origin.  I am getting married in India and my fiancé is an Indian national.  I would like to confirm if I need an NOC from Indian Consulate for marriage registration in India?

A. No such certificate is issued by the Consulate.

 

Q. I am foreign national holding Canadian PR.  My husband is Indian national.  Can I register my marriage in Canada?

A. If the marriage is performed in India then it has to be registered in India.  The documents issued by the Indian Government need to be attested from the General Administration / Home Department of the concerned State Government followed by attestation / Apostille from the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi (Patiala House);  thereafter, it can be presented to the Consulate for attestation.  Please check the link below on the attestation of documents by the Consulate General of India in Toronto :

 https://www.cgitoronto.gov.in/page/civil-documents/

 

DIVORCE ATTESTATION

Q. I was an Indian citizen and presently holding Canadian nationality.  I am having a divorce certificate issued by Canadian Court which is authenticated by Ministry of Government Service of Ontario.  My ex-husband is an Indian national and still in India.  Can my divorce certificate be attested by the Indian Consulate.

A. The divorce certificate issued by Canadian Court is ex-parte.  According to Indian regulations, a marriage solemnised in India should be dissolved in India.  The Consulate can attest such documents only if both partners are having Canadian nationality. 

 

Q. I was an Indian citizen and presently holding Canadian nationality.  My ex-husband is an Indian national and has filed a petition for divorce in a court in India.  I filed a petition for divorce in the court in Canada and the Canadian court has passed the order.  On the basis that, court in India has dismissed the petition filed by my husband.  I have the original order of the Indian court.  Can I apply for OCI on that basis.

A. The divorce certificate issued by Canadian Court is ex-parte which the Consulate will not be able to attest.  However, for the purpose of OCI, you may attach the copy of Indian court order alongwith your application.

 

Q. I and my wife have filed for mutual divorce in a court in India.  The final hearing has also been scheduled but due to personal reasons I cannot visit India to be physically present in the court.  Can the Consulate attest affidavit which I can forward to the court in India.

A. You may get the attestation of affidavit done at the Consulate.

 

Q. I got married in India and got divorced in Canada but my ex-husband is in India.  Now I am going to India to get married again.  Is Canadian divorce valid in India?

A. The divorce order issued by the Canadian court while one applicant is in India, is an ex-parte decision and will not be holding good in India as the marriage was solemnized in India and should be dissolved in India only.  

 

Q. I am staying in Canada on work permit/PR and want to renew my passport.  During my stay in India, I was legally divorced and also have the original divorce degree with me in Canada.  Do I have to get it attested from MEA or the Indian Consulate in Toronto.

A. For renewal of Passport, marriage certificate or divorce paper is not mandatory.

 

Q. I and my wife were married in India and moved to Toronto some time back.  We mutually decided to live separately and would now like to annul our marriage by seeking a divorce through legal process.  Please advise us on the procedure to filing a divorce.

A. You can take legal advice from a local lawyer.

 

BIRTH CERTIFICATE ATTESTATION

Q. Does the Indian Consulate in Toronto provide an apostille to a Birth Certificate that does not have a validation done by the Ministry of External affairs? 

A. As indicated on our website you have to get your  birth certificate Apostille from Ministry of External Affairs then Consulate would attest the same. 

 

Q. I applied for OCI application for my wife on a spousal basis.  She is a Canadian citizen of foreign descent.  Do I need to attest her birth certificate from the diplomatic consulate of the country of her birth and after that will the Indian Consulate also attest the same?

A. Yes

 

Q. I and my wife are Indian nationals living in Toronto.  Our child is born in Toronto.  We want to do birth registration of our child in the Consulate.  What is the procedure?

A. Please fill online the application (for Registration of birth of a minor child at an Indian Consulate under Section 4(1) of the Citizenship Act, 1955) at the following link of  Ministry of Home Affairs website https://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/Home2.aspx?formcode=09

After filling the application, please take the printout of the same and bring to the Consulate for registration of birth with the following documents:

  1. Miscellaneous Application Form
  2. Ministry of Home Affairs Form
  3. Passport copies of both parents
  4. Canadian status proof of both parents
  5. Local address proof

 

Q. I applied for OCI application for my wife on a spousal basis.  She is a Canadian citizen of foreign descent.  Do I need to attest her birth certificate from the diplomatic consulate of the country of her birth and after that will the Indian Consulate also attest the same?

A. You can get the birth certificate apostilled from respective Embassy/Consulate and can then get the photocopy of the certificate authenticated by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services – Service Ontario (222 Jarvis Street, Toronto).  Such authenticated copy can be presented for attestation at the Consulate.

 

Q. I want to correct my place of birth during passport renewal.  I want to get my birth certificate corrected.  Could you please explain me the procedure? 

A. You have to contact the concerned issuing authority for issuance of duplicate birth certificate. 

 

CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH

Q. I am applying for Canada PR and found that I need to submit Birth Certificate.  I do not have Birth Certificate. Can the Consulate issue me birth certificate?

A. Consulate cannot issue birth certificate.  However, Consulate can issue Certificate of Date of Birth. Applicants are advised to check the acceptability of this Certificate with the authorities before obtaining this Certificate.

Application for certificate of birth is accepted through the outsourced agency BLS International.

Requirements :

  • Duly filled in application form (Click here).
  • Current/expired Indian passport with valid immigration papers in original, address proof and a photocopy.
  • Fees: C$ 31 + C$ 3 (Consular surcharge) + C$ 7.40 (BLS charges) including tax.

 

Q. I am a Canadian national holding OCI Card.  I no longer have my cancelled Indian passport although I have a photocopy of the same with me. I also have a school leaving certificate which I was using for date of birth purposes.  Is it possible to issue a Certificate of Birth on the basis of my Canadian Passport, OCI Card, school leaving certificate and Photocopy of the Indian passport?

A. Certificate of Birth is issued only on the basis of original Indian Passport (Valid/Cancelled).  Therefore in this case Certificate of Birth cannot be issued.

 

Q. I require the full Birth Certificate, however, your website says "This is not a Birth Certificate but a Certificate of the Date of Birth."  Could you please advise what is the difference between the two? How do I get the real birth certificate without having to travel back to India? 

A. In case of a person born in India, birth certificate will be issued by the local government authorities responsible for registration of birth.  In this regard please check the website of the relevant State Government for any online service. 

Certificate of the Date of Birth is issued by the Consulate on the basis of Indian Passport and valid immigration papers.

 

ATTESTATION OF DRIVING LICENSE

Q. I am Indian student in Ontario.  I I have more than 1 and half year driving experience for 4 wheelers in India. And now I want Authentication letter for this, so I can apply the directly G2 test.  So can you give me more details about this?

A. Consulate does not issue such letter.  

Requirements for attestation of driving license are as follows :

  1. Application Form (Click here
  2. Two copies of Indian Driving Licence
  3. Print out of the verification from https://parivahan.gov.in/rcdlstatus/?pur_cd=101   
  4. Copy of Indian passport
  5. Copy of valid PR/work permit/study permit/visitor visa
  6. Copy of address proof of Canada (Any Government issued ID; letter with address; rent deed)
  7. Fee of C$ 16 

 

Q. I am a tourist from India and lost my driving license but I have the proof paper of issuing Indian authority. Is there any way I can get temporary permission to drive here in. I have a digital copy of old DL in my phone if that works.

A. There is no such provision to grant temporary permission.  You have to follow the local laws.

 

Q. I am an international student from India. I lost my Indian driving licence in Toronto last week. I want to know that from where I can get a new Indian license.

A. You may get new driving license in lieu of lost license from India only.

 

LIFE CERTIFICATE

Q. I need a life certificate for my mother who is not able to come in person. She is able to talk. Is it possible to get her life certificate? Please let me know the process

A.  Documents required :

  • Duly filled in application form - To be submitted in duplicate. Please ensure usage of the latest form whose link is provided below:

Click here to Download Life Certificate Form for Pension purposes

  • Copy of the first and last page of valid Indian passport or copy of first page of valid Canadian passport, as applicable
  • Self addressed & prepaid envelope for return of serviced document by the Consulate
  • IMPORTANT: In addition to the local contact number, the applicant should provide a WhatsApp number on the form to enable video chat for verification purpose.

Life Certificate will be issued only after verification of the applicant through video chat.

Application process :                 

For in person appointments at the Indian Consulate please book the same through the following link : Sampark [???????]: Attestation Appointment (cgitoronto.gov.in). The Life Certificate requests may be sent by Post/Courier to the Consulate (365 Bloor St E #700, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4).

For any queries regarding life certificate, the applicants may drop an email at attest.toronto@mea.gov.in.

FEE:

  • Life Certificate for Pensionary purposes  : No fee
  • Life Certificate for other purposes            : C $ 28
  • In case of postal application to be paid by bank draft/money order in favour of “Consulate General of India, Toronto”.  In case of in person appointment at the Consulate, in addition the above fee can also be paid by Debit Card. 
  • Please note cash, personal cheques, credit cards are not accepted.

 

Q. I am an Indian and my spouse is a Canadian.  We both need Life Certificate to sell a property in India.  Do I need to get notary attestation for our signatures?  What is the procedure?  What is the Fees?

A. You may visit the Consulate by booking an appointment.  Following documents are required for issue of Life Certificate

1. Duly filled in Application Form  Click here to Download Life Certificate Form for Non-pensionary purposes

  • 2. Original Indian / Canadian Passports
  • 3. Copy of the first and last page of India Passport and Canadian Passport
  • 4. Fee : C$28.  To be paid by bank draft/money order in favour of “Consulate General of India, Toronto”.  In case of in person appointment at the Consulate, in addition the above fee can also be paid by Debit Card. 
  • Please note cash, personal cheques, credit cards are not accepted

 

NRI CERTIFICATE

Q. I am a PR card holder and residing in Toronto for the last one year.  I wish to sponsor my brother in India to pursue higher studies under NRI quota. I would like to know if i can get a NRI certificate from Indian Embassy by submitting all the necessary documents. 

A. You may apply for NRI certificate.  Main condition for that is that you should be abroad for at least 182 days in last  financial year.  Detailed information about issuing of NRI Certificate is available on this link https://www.cgitoronto.gov.in/page/nri-certificate/

 

DEATH REGISTRATION

Q. My father an Indian Citizen came to Canada as a visitor was deceased one month back. I came to know from CGI website that the death has to be registered with CGI-Toronto Office. I will submit full application once all the required documents are available from the local authorities.

  1. Do I have to submit application online or paper submission in CGI Toronto Office?
  2. How long does the process takes to register death after submission?
  3. Can I register death in India with Canadian death certificate or should I wait for death certificate from CGI-Toronto office?
  4. Should I request separately for a letter for carrying ashes or it is part of the application that I receive letter.
  5. Will I be charged separately for registration of death and for issue of letter for carrying ashes.

Funeral home guaranteed to give a declaration for my father remains when travelling to India to clear customs. Do I need any other document from CGI Toronto when travelling to India?                

A. You may register the death at the Consulate and Certificate will be issued on the same day.   You have to submit hard copies of the relevant papers and there is no provision for online registration.  It is also advised to register the death in Canada itself not in India. For carrying ashes to India you need one letter from the Consulate.  At the time of application you may just mention that you need death registration and a letter for carrying ashes to India.   For providing both the services together only one fees will be charged i.e. C$28.  Details are available on our website:  https://www.cgitoronto.gov.in/page/death-registration/

 

TRANSPORTATION OF ASHES TO INDIA

Q. My father passed away in Toronto. Last rights were performed here at Brampton Cemetery.  I will be travelling to India and want to carry the ashes of my father back to India. Kindly, let me know the process to get the necessary approvals to carry Ashes in the airlines.

A. You may carry the ashes of your father to India.  Detailed procedure is available on the following link:  https://www.cgitoronto.gov.in/page/transport-ashes/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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