Understanding Document Legalization:
Member Countries of the Commonwealth:
Caribbean & Americas
Leone South Africa
Antigua & Barbuda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Papua New Guinea
Companies Incorporation Rules: Legalization and Translation of Documents
- Legalisation of Overseas Documents: When establishing a subsidiary in India, it is important to ensure that all foreign documents, including incorporation certificates, board resolutions, or power of attorney, are legally recognized in India. This can be achieved by obtaining consularization or attestation from the Indian Embassy or Consulate in the country where the document was issued. For Commonwealth countries, this process is often simplified through bilateral or multilateral agreements, as mentioned earlier.
- Translation of Non-English Documents: If the documents required for incorporation are not in English, it’s necessary to get them translated into English. This translation should be done by an official translator or an authorised person. After the translation is complete, the translated documents must be certified as a true and accurate translation by the translator, a notary public, or another authorised person in the country where the document originates. It’s important to note that the translated documents may also need to be legalised as per the Companies Incorporation Rules or the simplified process within the Commonwealth, as applicable.