India is a member of the Hague Convention of 1961 and the FCO Apostille only should be sufficient for documents to be used in India.
However, in practice notwithstanding that India has ratified the Hague Convention Agreement, some regions in India often still require legalisation by the Indian High Commission (IHC).
Please check with the instructing party in India to whom you are sending your documents to what their requirements are.
The Apostille fee is £30 for standard service or £75 for premium service.
The Indian High Commission fee are £45.44 per company document plus postage return fee of £15.
The FCO turnaround time is likely to be 1-2 working days for standard service in Milton Keynes or 1-3 hours for premium service in London.
The Indian High Commission turnaround time is likely to be 4-5 working days from the date of submission.
The IHC shall attest commercial documents ONLY if the company in question is incorporated in the UK and if these documents are required by the instructing party in India to be attested by the High Commission.
Only commercial/company documents can be legalised via Agent.
For any type of private documents, the holder must attend the consular section in person with a valid original ID in order to have the document attested by the IHC.
For submission of commercial documents for attestation by the IHC via an Agent, the following subordinate documents are required:
1) Miscellaneous Application Form dully filled in and signed by the applicant/representative of the company;
2) A request letter for the service on Company Letterhead paper with the seal of the company stamped on the Company.
The request letter should be signed by one of the Directors of the Company and should be accompanied by a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation in respect of the company duly notarised & Apostilled by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office;
3) The document (s) to be attested in original along with a photocopy set of the original document (s).
All commercial documents issued in the UK that require attestation should be duly notarised & Apostilled by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office;
4) The commercial documents must be submitted along with the valid original passport and photocopy of the passport pages containing personal particulars of one of the Directors of the Company.
If due to any reason, the original passport cannot be submitted, duly notarised copies of the passport pages containing personal particulars of one of the Directors of the Company should be submitted.
The legalisation of documents is currently carried out by an external agency and an appointment for submission of the documentation must be booked in advance.
Prepaid return special delivery envelope to be provided on submission of the documents.
Method of payment: card or cash only
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