Residents of Goa are often required to submit their documents to Indian Missions abroad or to Foreign Governments for various legal purposes including Legal Heirship Certificate and Power of Attorney for claiming death compensation by the next of kin, etc. These documents, after being duly attested by the District Magistrate and the State Home Department, have to be submitted to Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, without which the Indian Missions or Foreign Governments will not accept such documents.
The question of designating a local authority for Consular Legalization of these documents was taken up by the Commissioner for NRI Affairs with the Foreign Secretary in New Delhi in January 2011 and the Ministry of External Affairs was pleased to decide that the residents of Goa may submit their documents for attestation to the Passport Officer, Goa who, in turn, will send the collected documents by courier every week to the Attestation Cell of CPV Division of MEA in Patiala House Annexe, New Delhi. Thereafter, the duly authenticated documents will be couriered back to the Passport Officer, Goa for delivery to the beneficiary concerned.
The above facility has been extended to the residents of Goa with effect from 14th March 2011.