Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Attestation

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If a document is not issued from, or generated in Pakistan, and needs to be used in Pakistan, then it needs to be legalized/attested by the nearest Embassy/High Commission/Consulate General.

An attested document serves as a replacement of a 'Stamp Paper', generated from outside Pakistan, to be used inside Pakistan as a legal document.

Legalization/Attestation does not authenticate the veracity of the document. The Consulate has nothing to do with the written contents of the Power of Attorney and is only attesting the signatures..

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We legalize/attest a number of different documents, including Powers of Attorney, birth, marriage, character or death certificates, affidavits or bank authorizations etc. further details are available at https://www.phclondon.org/consular/attestation/

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  • Pl note that we have DIFFERENT TIMINGS for SUBMISSION of documents (1000-1230 hrs) and COLLECTION of documents (1600-1700 hrs).
  • Documents are collected from 1000 hrs in the morning upto 1230 hrs.
  • Documents are returned after completion of legalization/attestation procedure between 1600 hrs to 1700 hrs.

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This procedure of Legalization/Attestation includes a number of steps like proper documentation, collection of fingerprints, affixation of stamps, embossing of documents, scanning & uploading of the documents, generating a PASSCODE etc. All this process is completed after the Collection of documents (i.e.in the intervening time between collection and return of the documents).

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  • We do not have any such requirement on our end. However, you need to ascertain any legal requirements from the beneficiary in whose name, you are executing the Attorney.
  • You do not necessarily need to go to a Solicitor for a Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney may be printer on a plain paper, and is to be signed in front of the Consulate's authorized staff member.

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There is no specified format of a Power of Attorney. However, a Power of Attorney should contain details of:

  1. The person executing the document (i.e. Name, Address, ID Number, Photograph etc), as well as
  2. Details of the person in whose favour the Attorney is being Executed (i.e. Name, Address, ID Number or any other relevant detail).
  3. The details of the property/item whose Attorney is being generated (i.e. Property located at ... and the nature of Attorney – i.e. authority to execute sale/rent/lease/... on behalf of the Executant etc).

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  • It's not a compulsory requirement of the Consulate to have witnesses. However, if you have been told by the Beneficiary (i.e. in whose name you are executing the Power of Attorney) to include witnesses as well, then you will need to include witnesses as well, as advised by the Beneficiary.
  • There is no need for the witnesses to physically come to the Consulate, except when executing INHERITANCE WILL or WISH Documents.

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Generally, you need to bring along the original document along with a photocopy of the original document, two passport size photographs and your ORIGINAL valid National Identity card.

Details of documents required are available at: https://www.phclondon.org/consular/attestation/

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All the persons executing the Power of Attorney need to be present while submitting the document as their fingerprints and other details are required. However, any applicant (or their authorized person) may subsequently collect the document on their behalf.

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You may have your Pakistan's ID card (CNIC/NICOP) processed for renewal, and we will attest your documents attested simultaneously.

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Pl see the answer above in the General questions section.

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Pl see the answer above in the General questions section.

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Yes. Any number of persons can collectively execute a Power of Attorney.

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  • Usually the validity of a Power of Attorney is 120 days from the date of its execution/signature. However, the exact validity is to be checked/ascertained by the end-user (i.e. where the Power of Attorney is to be finally presented)
  • Validity of any other type of document may differ – depending on where it is to be used/presented.
  • It's the final destination (where the legalized document is to be presented/used) that limits the validity of the attested/legalized document.

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Pl see the answer above in the General questions section.

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Attestation/Legalization Service is provided at home only in case of Senior Citizens (more than 75 years of age), or those who cannot visit the Consulate due to medical conditions.

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The Attorney appointed by you needs to go to the Foreign Office in Islamabad (or Camp Offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, located in all the provincial capitals), and get the document verified/attested there using the given PASSCODE.

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We have suggestions Forms available over the counter. We also have Complaints Forms available over the counter. Pl ask for one if you need to submit a Suggestion/Complaint. You may also directly approach any one of our officers available at the first or second floors of the Consulate building.

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You may leave you feedback at any or all of the following links:
https://facebook.com/PakistanConsulateBirmingham
To leave a review on Google, just type in 'Pakistan Consulate Birmingham' in the Google's search box.

For additional queries, you may also visit https://www.phclondon.org/consular/attestation/faqs/

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Attestation fee of Power of Attorney varies depending upon the number of executants. Click the link to view the fees: https://www.phclondon.org/consular/fees

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The High Commission has nothing to do with the written contents of the Power of Attorney and is only attesting the signatures.

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No. Valid IDs (Pakistani Passport/NICOP/CNIC) are required for attestation of documents. However, if you are a British passport holder, the documents can be attested/ legalized from Legalisation department of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The same documents can subsequently be attested from this High Commission.

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Yes. On the basis of valid Pakistani passport we are able to attest your documents, as we have to verify your signatures only.

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The applicant has to bring the following documents
- Copy of Pakistani CNIC,NICOP/Passport (valid or Expired)
- Copy of state ID or driving licence
- Come to the Consulate in person
There is no fee for attestation/legalization of pension papers/life certificate and no appointment is needed for it. Applicants for attestation of these documents may walk in and get the document attested.