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Consular Services are also rendered at our Consulates in Birmingham and Edinburgh. Please click here for address and other details of the Consulates

Jurisdiction

High Commission of India, London: Applicants not residing in the Counties of England listed below, which are covered by the Consulate in Birmingham or not residing in Scotland, which is covered by the Consulate in Edinburgh, can submit their applications at High Commission of India, London. Applicants residing in Wales and Northern Island can submit their applications at the High Commission of India, London.
Consulate General of India, Birmingham: Birmingham, Durham, Humberside, Isle of Man, Isle of Scilly, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Manchester, Merseyside, Midlands (West), Northumberland, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Cleveland, Tyne and Wear, Warwickshire, Yorkshire (North),Yorkshire (South), Yorkshire (West), Cumbria and Derbyshire.
Consulate General of India, Edinburgh: Edinburgh together with whole of Scotland.

Legalization of Documents & Implementation of the 'Apostille' Convention:

India and the UK are members of the Hague 'Apostille' Convention of 1961, abolishing the requirement of further legalization of foreign public documents that are already apostilled. As such, High Commission of India, London will not re-authenticate a public document that has been apostilled (i.e. legally attested, authenticated) by the competent authorities of the UK government. A document apostilled by the competent authorities of UK Government is entitled to recognition in India and no further attestation or legalization of the apostilled document by the High Commission of India in London or its Consulates in Birmingham or Edinburgh is required. Similarly, a document apostilled by the competent authorities of Indian Government is entitled to recognition in UK and no further attestation or legalization of the apostilled document by the High Commission of India in London or its Consulates in Birmingham or Edinburgh is required. Therefore, it is not mandatory for UK nationals, Indian nationals and other foreign nationals to have the apostilled documents(apostilled either in India or in UK and to be produced before authorities either in India or in UK) counter attested by the High Commission of India. However, the High Commission of India 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. Relevant portions abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents in case of contracting states are contained in Article 1 of the Hague Apostille Convention, and are re-produced below:- More...

General Note on Attestation of Documents:

Documents that require attestation for production before the authorities in India or UK could be of any of the following types:

  1. Documents issued by an authority in UK under UK laws (e.g. birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, educational degrees/certificates etc.).
  2. Documents issued by an authority in India under Indian laws (e.g. birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, educational degrees/certificates etc.) or documents executed by the applicants themselves in India.
  3. Documents executed by the applicants themselves in UK (e.g. affidavits, declarations, power of attorney, will etc.).

The general principle is that documents mentioned at (1) and (2) above to be produced before the authorities in India or UK need to be apostilled by the competent authorities in the respective countries i.e. documents issued by an authority in UK under UK laws need to be apostilled by the competent authorities in the UK (for details, please visit UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office web link: https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised) and documents issued by an authority in India under Indian lawsor documents executed by the applicants themselves in India needto be apostilled or attested by the competent authorities in India (for details, please visit Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India web link: http://mea.gov.in/apostille.htm). This is common to both, Indian nationals as well as foreign nationals.
For documents mentioned at (3) above, they can either be got apostilled by the competent authorities in the UK or they can be got directly attested at the High Commission of India, London. Personal appearance of the applicant and of the witnesses (where applicable) before the Consular Officer at the High Commission is mandatory for direct attestation of such documents.

 

Mar 2, 2015
 
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