India – Additional documents that need to be notarised

IndiaHave you noticed that VFS has updated many of their checklists? If not, you had better visit their website and download their current checklists, especially if you are in the middle of submitting applications, otherwise, you may find out the hard way that your applications will be rejected or returned.

In the past many documents could be attested by a justice of the peace, however, for people living in New South Wales, the changes introduced at the end of August 2020 now mean those documents must be notarised by a notary public. For example, when submitting some applications you could include a copy of your passport that was attested by a notary public, but now it must be attested by a notary public.

Unfortunately, while a justice of the peace is a community service and free of charge, notary public services are not. This just means your applications to VFS will be unavoidably more expensive because of these new requirements.

As a leading provider of notary public services, we assist many clients within the Indian community around Sydney with notarising their various documents to be used in India or to be submitted to VFS. Documents such as the general power of attorney or special power of attorney, FORM J, FORM I and FORM V used for various renewals of passports, or other legal and court documents that must also be stamped and attested by VFS.

If requested, we can also help you with obtaining the apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Keep in mind that due to the Apostille Convention, documents that have been notarised and stamped with an apostille generally do not require further authentication or legalisation for India.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

If you have never had to have a document notarised before, you may find our role as a notary public, the notary public services that we provide, and this whole process (especially authentication, legalisation and apostille) to be confusing and daunting. Do not worry! We are here to try to simplify it, make it easy for you to understand, and to guide you or assist you with achieving your desired goal.

Please contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this article or our notary public services.

Click here to see the flowchart that we created to help you understand the process regarding notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what next?

If you are now ready to proceed with having your document notarised, please visit our Notary Fees page for a FREE quote on our notary public services or just call us on 02 9687 8885 and speak to our friendly staff about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We are a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our low-cost fixed fee notary services, our availability to provide notary public services on short notice, and our focus on personal and timely notary public services. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, our notary public assists clients from across all suburbs of Sydney and beyond.

Ern Phang, Notary Public

Ern Phang
Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of notary public services to clients across Sydney. Extensive experience and low-cost fixed prices ensures quality services and satisfied clients.

is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct as at the time of publication. You should only rely on information and advice that is specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.