What is Apostille?
Apostille is a sticker-based attestation and it's a type of attestation, which shows the legitimacy of the Certificate.
Who issues the Apostille?
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Country issue the Apostille, in India Ministry of External Affairs is issuing the Apostille.
Which country does accepting the Apostille?
All Hague Convention member countries accepting apostille except for a fews.
How to get Apostille by MEA?
Apostille process are depending on the destination country, but there is a basic and common process as mentioned below
Step 1: Authentication of documents
All original documents/certificates requiring MEA to issue Apostille should be 1st attested by the elected authorities of the State/Union Territory from wherever the document is issued. Indian Apostille will only be issued by MEA once the respective relevant state authority has authenticated a selected document.
Step 2: Attestation/Legalization of documents
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) attests /legalizes the documents solely when these are genuine with the signature and seal/stamp of the selected authorities of the State Government/Union Territory/Chambers of Commerce from wherever the documents are issued. The MEA legalizes the certificate/documents on the premise of the signature of the selected authorities; thence it doesn't take responsibility for the contents of the documents.
For Educational Documents
HRD/Authentication/Home Department + Apostille by MEA
For Personal Documents
GAD/Home Department/SDM + Apostille by MEA
For Commercial Documents
Respective Chamber of Commerce + Apostille by MEA
How many days are required to get Apostille?
Two to Three(2-3) working days are required to get Apostille by MEA.
Can Individual Direct Submit for Apostille in MEA?
No, Direct Approach in MEA is not allowed for Individuals.
How many days apostille will be valid?
In India Apostille is valid for the lifetime, however, few countries are asking for apostille issues within 6 months, depending on the destination country.
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