Apostille Procedure In 3 Simple Steps
In French: apostille means certify, authenticate or complete.
Aims to simplify legalizing the documents issued in any country by a registered or recognised institute. Once a document is apostilled it is recognized or considered legal in countries listed in in Hague nations.
Hague countries including India, countries which are part of Hague convention does not require to legalize the document. Simple apostille is enough to validate documents.
Note – only documents issued from state registered authority will be attested and apostilled personal documents such as transcripts will be attested or apostilled.
Why do I need an apostille?
Documents issued in one country should be authenticated or legalized to be used in another country.
The other country will recognize those documents and will have the same legal value in the other country as the parent country in which documents are produced.
Before the Hague Convention the authentication procedure was very difficult as there were many people involved in making a single document legal. The Hague Legalization Convention simplifies the procedures for documents if both countries are part of the convention.
Is India listed in Hague convention?
Yes its is, to know which countries are part of hague convention refer below link
My country is not listed in Hague convention what should I do?
If your country is not listed in Hague convention Your documents require Consular/Embassy legalization. This process involves 2 extra steps at the Department of State and the Embassy or Consulate.