Ways to get apostille attestation from MEA india for indian document
Only Mea has the right to do apostille attestation for the document issued in india
Apostille attestation is required when you are travelling to foreign country and the consulate or university has asked you to get apostille, and you are like what the heck is apostille… then you are not alone.
Read on to know more about apostille attestation
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Now the real question is what the heck is apostille attestation?
Legal documents are nothing but proof of certain legal information.
Birth certificate – date of birth legality
Marriage certificate – marriage details legality Etc.. Etc..
Apostille is a way for your travelling country to know for sure that the documents you have submitted is a legal and authentic one.
Apostille removes chance of document being fraudulent or forged. Because apostille will only be done by the Ministry of external affairs india.
Apostille is a 10cm*10cm sticker pasted on the backside of the document.
Types of apostille attestations?
There are 2 types of apostille
- Through State attestation
- Through SDM attestation
State attestation in brief
Since any legal document will be issued in some or the other state, MEA wants these documents to be attested or verified first. After state verification is done then MEA will apostille authenticate the document.
The whole process will take about 3 – 4 working weeks.
Yes I understand, that’s a lot of time, and nobody has that much time, you only got to know about apostille 2 weeks from document submission date.
Don’t lose hope read on
SDM attestation in brief
SDM full form Sub divisional magistrate, will authenticate document instead of state government.
SInce there are very less government bodies are involved in this attestation the process is faster.
The process time depends on the package you choose
Validity of MEA apostille attestation?
All the apostille either state or SDM are valid for 6 months only. Different countries have different validity but for india it is 6 months.
How to choose between state and SDM?
Check whether your destination country is in the hague nation list (except Italy and Austria ) then SDM is fine for you.
Panjab , Haryana and Goa issued Documents or you want MEA apostille for countries other than hague nations you need state attestation.
Documents required to get MEA apostille attestation?
–>Original document that you want to apostille
–> Passport photocopies of the person whose name is mentioned in the document
If an affidavit mentions 10 names we need all 10 people passport photocopies.
That’s it you are on your way to get apostille.
What is our role in apostille attestation?
Till 2012 MEA was accepting the documents directly from citizens, since the number of documents increased drastically from 2010, MEA has outsourced this collecting and distributing job to us, However MEA has the right to apostille yous documents.
We ensure that your documents reach MEA safely and after apostille they are sent back to you safely.
Since we handle thousands of documents every day, we will barcode your document for document safety and processability, this barcode will be shared with you once you register and submit the documents for apostille attestation.
Following are the details an Apostille contains: