Some Facts about an Indian Affidavit Documents
If you have received an affidavit of any kind that you have to submit to an authority in India (including the VFS in Australia, courts or government offices), odds are good that you are going to need to sign the document in front of a notary public in Australia. If your affidavit has been prepared by a lawyer in India, then there will likely be instructions on how you have to sign it. If you do not have these instructions, then you want to get some expert advice before you sign anything. You should also clarify all of the following:
- What kind of paper does the affidavit need to be printed on? If it is bonded or stamped paper, then you will need to have to have this done in India because it will not be available in Australia.
- You also should be aware that if the affidavit needs to include a photograph then you need to bring your own photograph and we will put a notary seal over it. Do not bring an already attached to the affidavit however.
- If the affidavit needs to include your fingerprints for some reason, we can help you with the placement of your finger or thumb print, as well as witness you putting it on there.
- If Witnesses are required in addition to a notary public, you need to provide your own Witnesses. We cannot guarantee witnesses will be available.
- If you have instructions to have the affidavit signed or countersigned by the Indian Consulate or VFS, then you should know that there is a process that follows having the affidavit notarized. You may have to complete additional tasks at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
You definitely want to ensure that you are following these instructions because if not, your affidavit may be rejected by the party that you’re supposed to submit it to. You should also be aware that there will be a cost for notarization Services, as well as possible cost for actually submitting your documents, and there may be a major delay if you do not have the document properly notarized, signed or any other instructions followed to the letter. if you have a deadline for filing your affidavit, then you want to ensure that you visit us as far in advance as possible to allow for any problems.
If you need to submit your affidavit to the Indian Consulate, make sure that you are aware of the requirements that are listed on the VFS website. The VFS processes documents on behalf of the consulate and can advise you as well as help you with various tasks. You may also have to have your affidavit stamped with an apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. You will likely not be able to use a Justice of the Peace signature for India. Instead you probably need to have your affidavit notarized by us. We are one of the top providers of notary services in Melbourne and can help you with any questions you might have.
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