The Indemnity Bond…
If you’re applying for a PIO, you may have heard it mentioned.
If you’re anything like me, you shake your head and say “But I’m not an employee!! I’m a SPOUSE!”
But here in India, the Indemnity Bond is exactly the same thing for every situation. In this case, it’s also used as a Financial Support Responsibility Document much as you would have to file when applying for a Green Card to the US.
There are few things you need to know about the Indemnity Bond for Marriage.
1) It needs to be on a certified 100 rupee note.
2) It needs to be notarized.
3) It needs VERY specific wording.
So, let’s start with the first. Where to get an Indemnity Bond?
At your local Notarization Officer of course! He also will provide (or tell you were to go to get it) the elusive 100 rupee Indemnity Bond stamp.
Then, where to get it done. Again, with your local Notarizing Officer. He will also type in all the proper verbiage and notarize it for you. There is a charge for all three services depending on who you go to. I can’t remember the exact amount for this as we were having all my PIO documents notarized that day, but I can remember it wasn’t a prohibitive amount.
Lastly, the wording. It needs to be specific and MOST Notarizing Officers will know exactly what needs to be typed on to the two page document, but just to be safe I’m typing it here for you convenience.
I, Mr. ____ (or Mrs. This is for the Indian Spouse), residing at ____ (Indian address if applying in India and the same one used for residence proof) holding Indian passport No. ____ (Indian Spouses ppn), hereby state on the solemn affirmation as under: –
I state that I am married to Mrs. _____ (non-Indian spouse name here) as on _____ (marriage date as per Indian Marriage certificate) at _____ (city location of marriage) who is ______(nationality for me it was United States of America) National/Citizen. I state that my wife/husband applying for the PIO card with the Indian Authorities. I further state that in an event of separation or divorce with _____(non-Indian spouses name) I will surrender his/her PIO card for cancellation within one month and the responsibility will be totally on me to surrender his/her PIO card.
Solemnly affirmed and declared
By the Within Named ______ (Indian Spouses name typed here) in the presence of ______(Notary name here).
And then there are a bunch of stamps and signatures and such that goes with it.
And there you go, all done and notarized! Hope this helps!
PS: As I’m a visual creature, here is a picture of what the two pages will look like.