Consulate General of IndiaChicago
Serving the states of: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
- There is no need to seek an appointment. Applicants could visit The Consulate on any working day between 9:30 AM -12:30PM. The service will be on first come first serve basis.
- Apostille 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 Embassy/Consulates 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.
- However in many places in India, they would easily recognize the attestation by the Indian Embassy/Consulate and hence may ask for attested copy despite the document already being apostilled. Hence, to avoid any inconvenience, if you wish to have the apostilled document also attested by the Consulate, you may apply to the Consulate.
- The Consulate will attest the documents only after they have been first notarized and then apostilled by the state authorities concerned in the US. Apostilling is done at the offices of the Secretary of State where the applicant resides. For details, please check the “Legalization of Documents and Implementation of the 'Apostille' Convention” section of the Ministry of External Affair's website.
- The Consulate reserves the right to reject attestation of documents the contents of which are objectionable or contrary to the Rules.
Applying In Person:
Carry originals of all the supporting documents to be presented to the Consular Officer (photocopies of which are to be attached with the application). In case you are not able to present the original documents at the counter bring notarized copy of documents being attached to the application. Ensure that notarized copy is legible, otherwise Consulate may ask to see the original. However, the passport and the apostilled document (which is to be attested) should be presented in original.
NRI Certificate: $28/- (this includes ICWF fee of US $ 3/-)
Note: The aforesaid fees apply to a single NRI Certificate. In case the applicant seeks two or more sets of the same document, he would be required to pay more depending upon number of documents to be issued/attested. The fee thus charged is non-refundable.
** If you want to receive the attested documents back through mail, send a traceable pre-paid return mailing envelope (USPS ‘Express Mail’ or FEDEX etc.).
Fees should be paid through Money order or Cashiers' cheque drawn in favor of the 'Consulate General of India, Chicago.’ Cash is accepted only if applying in person. Personal cheques, debit cards, credit cards or other banking instruments are not accepted.
Applying by Mail:
Consulate General of India, Chicago
455 North Cityfront Plaza
Suite 850, NBC Tower
Chicago, IL 60611
Photocopy of all supporting documents should be notarized and attached to the application. Do not send any original documents except the PASSPORT and the apostilled document to be attested, if any.
Fee: As above.
How to Apply:
• Miscellaneous Services Form - Download the Miscellaneous Application form. Complete and sign the application form. In case of those who can not sign, provide thumb impression (Right Hand Thumb Impression for female and left hand thumb impression for male).
• Attach the following documents with the application form:
• Current passport in original and photocopy of the first page, last page and other relevant page(s) showing exits and entries in to USA over the last one year or so which clearly establishes that the applicant has stayed outside India for 182 or more days during the last one year.
• Proof of your US Visa Status:(copy of any one of the following) :
• Photocopy of the page containing visa on passport (H1B, H4 etc) and the copy of I-94
• Clear Photocopy of Green Card
• Employment Authorization Document (Work Permit)
• I-797, I-140 or I-20 (If approval copy of these notices are pending, also attach a handwritten note detailing the efforts being taken to regularize status)
• Proof of current US residence address: (copy of any one of the following):
• U.S Driving license.
• PG&E, Water or landline telephone bill displaying applicant’s address
• House Lease Agreement
• State Identification Card
• Note: Bank/credit card/mobile phone statements are not accepted as residence proof
• The applicant has to be present at the Consulate in person or 2 sets of notarized Power of Attorney are required if applying by mail or third-party submission. In case the Consulate receives applications with incomplete documentation, the same would be sent back unprocessed in the return envelope sent by the applicant.
· Applying in person:
• Same day (delivery of attested documents between 3:30-5:00 pm)
· Applying by mail:
• 10 (ten) business days excluding the time taken in mail
- Academic Equivalence Certificate
- Affidavit For Child's Passport To Be Issued In India
- Attestation Of Will
- Birth Certificate or Non Availablity of Birth Certificate
- Commercial Documents
- Emergency Certificate (EC)
- Life Certificate
- NRI Certificate
- PCC (Police Clearance Certificate)
- Permit to Carry Mortal Remains / Ashes
- Power Of Attorney
- Registration Of Birth
- Solemnization/Registration of Marriage