FAQs on Miscellaneous services FAQs on Miscellaneous services

FAQs on Miscellaneous services

Q: Are the Miscellaneous Services offered by the Consulate or through the Outsourcing service provider (OSP) ?

  1. All Miscellaneous Services are directly rendered by Consulate to Applicants. Consulate has not outsourced Miscellaneous Services to any other OSP or Agent.

Q: What are the various Miscellaneous Services offered by the Consulate ?

  1. Consulate is rendering following Misc. Service directly to the applicants.
  • Attestation of documents
  • Issuance of Certificates (Life Certificate, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificates, NORI etc.)
  • Death Related Services

Q: Do I need to make an appointment before coming to Consulate for submitting my Miscellaneous service application?

  1. A. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, no Walk-in applications for Miscellaneous Consular Services (Attestation, Power of Attorney, PCC ,NORI etc.) are being rendered till further notice. Applicants are requested NOT to visit the Consulate for over the counter services. These services will be rendered ONLY through regular postal/mail only w.e.f. March 16, 2020.

Q: How can I apply for Miscellaneous Service?

  1. A. Visit the Consulate's website : https://cgihouston.gov.in/pages/Mjk for details regarding the services rendered by the Consulate and the documents required for each services.

Q: What is the processing time for Miscellaneous Service?

  1. A. Minimum 5-7 working days (excluding mailing time) for Application submitted through Mail/post mode.

*Processing time for a Police Clearance Certificate depends on the availability of clear PVR form Concerned authorities in India.

Q:Documents which are valid as a proof of Address/Residence ?

  1. A. Any one of the following
  • US Driving License OR
  • Utility Bill OR
  • Lease Agreement OR
  • State Identity Card OR
  • Mortgage Deed

Q: Can I pay required fees in cash ?

  1. A. Required fee may be paid by ‘Money Order/Cashiers’ Cheque in favor of “Consulate General of India, Houston”.

Q: Can I pay required fees by Personal Cheques, Credit Cards, Debit Cards Or Other Banking Instruments ?

  1. A. No

Q: Can I get Apostille my Documents/Power of attorney at Consulate ?

  1. A. No

Q: What is difference between Attention of Documents or Apostilled Documents ?

  • A. These are two different options to attest your documents (both are equally valid).
  • You can get attested your document with Consulate OR
  • You can get apostille your document with local authority (i.e. US Govt.)

Q:What is Apostille document ?

A: Appostile Convention (the Hague Convention), to which India and USA are signatories, abolishes the requirement of legalization for Foreign Public Documents. With the certification by the Hague Convention 'Apostille', the document is entitled to recognition in India and vice versa and no certification by the Consulate of India is required. The Convention applies to public documents which have been executed in the territory of one Contracting State and which have to be produced in the territory of another Contracting State.

Q: Is it mandatory or desirable to attest Apostille documents with Consulate?

A. There is no need to attest Apostilled documents by the Consulate before presenting it to authorities in India. Apostilled or Attested both are equally valid.

Q: Can I Apostille documents issued by Indian Authority in USA ?

A:If any document issued by authorities in India (such as birth and death certificates, affidavits, educational documents/diplomas, marriage certificate and Driving License etc.) is required to be presented to authorities in USA, these should be apostilled in India. For details, please check the website “Legalization of Documents” at http://www.mea.gov.in/apostille.htm. However, for the ease of Indian nationals, Consulate/Consulates does “True Copy Attestation Only” of the documents issued by authorities in India. This does not mean certifying the genuineness of the document.

Q:My parents are with me on B1/B2 visa. They are pensioners in India. They need life certificate. Do we need to come in person there or send the applications with the documents in the checklist through postal mail? If we are applying through postal mail, do we need to send Notarized signature of applicant?

A:The applicant should appear in person and sign before the Consular Officer. If the applicant is unable to travel enclose the Doctor's certificate along with the application. Please refer our website https://cgihouston.gov.in/pages/NDU, for the document checklist and more information.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, no Walk-in applications for Miscellaneous Consular Services are being rendered till further notice. Applicants are requested NOT to visit the Consulate for over the counter services. These services will be rendered ONLY through regular postal/mail only w.e.f. March 16, 2020.

Q: Can death documents be attested by Consulate for transportation of ashes/mortal remains to India ?

A:Yes

Q:What are Documents needed for attestation by Consulate for transportation of Mortal Remains to India?
A:

  • Original Passport of deceased + 1 Photocopy
  • Original Death Certificate + 1 Photocopy
  • Original Embalming Certificate + 1 Photocopy
  • Original Non-communicable disease certificate form Health Department + 1 Photocopy
  • Original Transit Permit + 1 Photocopy
  • Copies of address proof and passport of the deceased OR relative

Note : Applicant is requested to contact concerned funeral home for above mentioned documents.

Can I get my Life Certificate from consulate ?

  1. A. Yes, visit our website for more details: https://cgihouston.gov.in/pages/Mjk,

Q:How can I get my Power of attorney attested at Consulate ?

A: Visit Consulate's website for more details: https://cgihouston.gov.in/pages/Mjk,

Q: How can I get Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) from Consulate ? What is the processing time ?

A: Please fill up the application for PCC online at the portal: https://portal4.passportindia.gov.in /Online/index.html and submit along with the required documents mentioned in the checklist.

Applicants may please refer to our website https://cgihouston.gov.in/pages/NTI,for further details.

Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) will be issued after receipt of fresh police verification on the PCC application. Processing time for a Police Clearance Certificate depends on the receipt of clear PVR form Concerned authorities in India.

Fee once paid will not refunded even when the service is not approved.

Q:My father had already passed away, can I attest the will made by him ?

A: No, physical presence of applicant at consulate is required to attest any will.

Q:Can I get notary done for my documents at Consulate ?

A: No

Q: I am living in Nebraska, can I send my documents by Mail for attestation ?

A: Yes

Q:How can I get the Life Certificate for property and what is the charges?

A: Yes, We can provide the life certificate for property purpose. The fee for the certificate is $27. Please refer to our website for more details: https://cgihouston.gov.in/pages/Mjk,

Q:Is miscellaneous services provided on B1/B2 US visa status?

A: Yes,  B1/ B2 US visa status applicant  can avail the miscellaneous services by submitting residence proof and valid I94

Q:How to apply Global Entry program (GEP) at Houston consulate?

A: Visit following link to apply for GEP program at Indian consulate Houston.

https://cgihouston.gov.in/pages/MTM5

Note : For any further doubts/questions regarding any Miscellaneous Service offered by consulate, Please send us an email at info.houston@mea.gov.in (enquiriescgi@swbell.net is now obsolete with effect from May 31, 2021) or call us at 713-626-2148

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