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?

Whether you're notarising a document for the first time or the hundreth time, the requirements, processes, and terms can be confusing and daunting - or just a pain and a hassle (especially if you need an apostille, or to authenticate or legalise as well). Don't worry! We're here to simplify it, explain it, and help you with what you need to achieve it.

Contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our notary public services. We've also created a flowchart to help explain notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what's next?

Visit our Notary Fees page for a free quote for our notary public services or just call us on +61 2 9687 8885 to speak with our friendly team about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We're a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our experience and expertise in notarising documents for other countries, our low-cost fixed fees and service offering, and our availability to help on short notice. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, we help clients from across Sydney and beyond with personal, professional and timely notary public services.

Ern Phang, Notary Public
Ern Phang
Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, a boutique law firm in Parramatta and a leading provider of quality notary public services to satisfied clients across Sydney.

Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.

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