I just wanted to share my experience on POA doc attestation which was specific to San Francisco(CA) Indian Consulate. It was done on 21st March 2018. Currently I am on H1B.
I have prepared 1 copy of General POA doc.
Then took 2 persons as a Witness to Notary. They have written their address and signed it in front of Notary (Notary asked them to show their DL as a ID proof).
Then Notary asked me to sign the doc with my DL as a ID proof. Finally Notary has put seal and signed the doc and collected $15 as as Notary charge.(for each sign $5).
Next step will be getting Apostille. For this we should go to California Secretary of State which is located in Sacramento, CA.
Since I cannot go to here on weekdays also it is totally 5 hrs drive from my location, I just mailed the document through USPS ($26 for Apostille and $7 for return USPS mail).
Finally I got Apostilled POA doc after 5 days. (If you go directly it would be only 30 mins job).
Then I took BART (local train) and reached SFO city then took UBER to reach Indian Consulate. (If you drive then quite easy but there is no parking area at consulate, may be you have to park on road side with parking charge).
I reached around 9.45am. no one was there apart from consulate officials. I approached one counter, one lady has verified all docs then told me to go next counter.
Completed and Photo pasted on the Miscellaneous Service Application
Apostilled Original document to be attested (1 photocopy)
Current Original Passport and Old passport in case your VISA on it. photocopy of all pages one set.
Proof of status doc (I-797(Original and 1 photocopy) and I94(Original printout))
Proof of residence - Your Driving License as a ID proof. (Original and 1 photocopy)
$22 Money order or Cashier’s check as a fee in favor of CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA, SAN FRANCISCO. ($20 for attestation and $2 for welfare fee)
- After submission they verified my VISA docs. Then I got receipt for fee and they told me to come again around 4 to 4.45pm to collect the passport and POA doc.
8.So I return back to my office and again went there after 4pm to collect my final POA document. (totally I have spent around $100 for this POA doc - including travel exp).
Hope this will help someone. Thanks.