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Procedure of Attestation of Power of Attorney/Will

Consular Officer on behalf of the Consulate performs the notarial act of certifying the due execution in his presence of a deed, contract or other documents including Power of Attorney (POA). The Consular officer only verifies the signature and seal of the applicant/authorities (e.g. Ministry of Government and Consumer Services- In respect of residence in Ontario province) appearing on such documents. 

The executor can give POA to his/her family members, relatives, friends to perform a particular action on his/her behalf in India. The details of 2 witnesses known to the executor maybe given, however their presence is not required at the Consulate for the attestation purpose. A Power of Attorney can also be issued by joint applicants for which only one POA should be prepared on which both applicants will put their signatures. The charges for attestation in such a case will be same as that of an individual POA. Only one Miscellaneous Application Form is to be filled in such cases. However, details of both the applicants can be mentioned in the form provided in the requirements list.

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. 

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. 

Since the Consulate recognizes the seal & signature of the Consular authorities of Canada, it is mandatory on the part of Consulate to sign and put the seal on the front page. However, 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.

In the wake of outbreak of Corona virus (COVID-19), it has been decided to suspend all walk-in /over the counter services at the Consulate General of India, Toronto with immediate effect. Attestation of POA will be by post/courier only until further notice.

Requirements:

  • Duly filled in Miscellaneous application form (Click here) alongwith a photograph pasted on it/Form for joint POA
  • Attach original POA which needs to be attested along with its copy
  • Attach copy of Indian passport(first and last page)
  • Attach copy of valid PR card/Work or Study permit/ Visitor visa (for Indian nationals)
  • Attach copy of Canadian passport (For Canadian nationals)
  • Attach proof of address in Canada (Canadian driving licence, Gas, Electricity or landline telephone bill displaying applicant's address and House lease agreement.
  • Attach a self-addressed prepaid envelope for return of serviced documents.
  • Fee is to be paid by bank draft/money order in favor of Consulate General of India, Toronto

Fee to be paid:

For Power of Attorney regarding property matters : C$ 35. Please Note that C$ 35 is for one seal & signature of the Consulate, if applicant needs seal & signature on more pages fee applicable will be C$ 35 x number of pages.  Please specify pages in case more than one page is to be attested.

Please note that given the situation of COVID-19, original passport or other documents (except POA to be attested) are not sought by the Consulate, only copies are required to be sent. In case, originals are sent by mistake by the applicant, Consulate will return them, however, it will not be responsible for loss of these documents in transit by post, hence care must be taken.

Important Note: Due to COVID-19, Consulate is working with skeletal strength, we seek your cooperation. Delays may be expected in the given circumstances. However, Consulate is doing attestation in 5-7 working days, provided documents are in order.

Will

Please note that no service is being rendered on attestation of WILL given the requirement of presence of applicant and witnesses in person at the Consulate due to COVID-19. However, if there is any emergency, prior appointment maybe sought from-  cons.toronto@mea.gov.in 

For any queries, you may write to cons.toronto@mea.gov.in