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The process of Apostille is performed by the Central Government. There are certain verification steps that need to be followed before the Apostille of the document or certificate. This information will enlighten you with all the details related to the process of apostille and how much time it will take, along with other minor details.
- What is an MEA Apostille? How does an apostille stamp looks ?
Apostille services providers are agents who offer assistance to applicants looking to get Apostille stickers for different international travel purposes. They offer a comprehensive range of services such as collecting documents from the applicants, getting them verified, and then getting the Apostille stamp from the MEA.
The entire process is quite lengthy and complicated as each document goes through multiple verification procedures. Any lack of legal authenticity of these documents may lead to rejection and may cost you your career or future dreams of traveling abroad. Thus, it’s highly advised to hire a professional Apostille services provider.
The computerized seal is placed behind the certificate or document which contains a 10-12 digit uniquely generated figure, through which foreign embassy can keep track of all your documents submitted online.
- What is the purpose of Apostille?
Apostille is required when you are traveling to a foreign country with the purpose of completion of higher education, job-related aspects or due to personal or family-related concerns. If you are planning to expand your business Internationally through Export and Import of goods, in such cases too Apostille is required.
- Which countries require apostille of your Document?
Albania Andora Antigua Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brunei Darussalam Cape Verde Colombia Cook Island Costa Rica Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Estonia Fiji Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Grenada Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Ireland Israel Italy Japan Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Latvia Lesotho Liberia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxemburg Macau Macedonia Malawi Malta Marshal Island Mauritius Mexico Moldova (Republic) Monaco Montenegro Namibia Netherland New Zealand Niue Norway Oman Panama Peru Poland Portugal Romania Russian Saint Kitts Saint Lucia Samoa San Marino Sao Tome Serbia Seychelles Slaint Vincent Slovakia Sluriname South Africa South Korea Spain Tonga Trinidad & Tobago Turkey UK Ukraine Uruguay USA Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela
- Why is an apostille required in india?
According to the UN Report of the year 2015, it is confirmed that India is one of those countries in the world whose 16 Million citizens are residing outside the country. In India, Apostille is issued by the Central Government (Ministry of External Affairs). The seal of the apostille contains the person and document details. The seal of Apostille may vary from one country to another.
- When do I need Apostille services?
If you intend to travel to a foreign country that is a member of the Hague convention, you need Apostille services. The reason for travel can be education, employment, short-term residency, a business deal, or for tourism purposes. Other reasons why you might need Apostille services are to adopt a child from a different country, to get married in a foreign country, to open a bank account in another country, to get an inheritance, and others. You need to get document Apostille on educational, non-educational, or commercial documents based on the purpose of travel.
- What is the difference between Apostille and Attestation?
Even though Apostille and Attestation are not very different, Apostille is needed only for countries that are part of the Hague Convention. For other countries that are not part of the Hague Convention, attestation is needed. For Apostille, a sticker is applied to the document as proof by the concerned authority. In the case of attestation, the documents are stamped by the Central government and the concerned Embassy.
- What is the Hague Convention?
The verification process by each of the Embassy can be quite tedious and time-consuming. To make it easier for applicants, certain countries have come together to make the process much faster. The Hague Convention saw a multilateral treaty being performed by several countries in 1961, and that gave birth to the idea of Apostille. An Apostille is the legalization of the document that can be used internationally. Applicants from countries that are covered by the Hague Convention do not need to get Embassy attestation to be able to travel to other countries. Currently, there are a total of 83 members: 82 States and 1 Regional Economic Integration Organization. You can find the names of all the members here.
- Are there different types of Apostille available?
No, there is only one Apostille. When you request for Apostille of a document, it automatically means that it is under the Hague Convention of 1961.
- Who can Apostille a document in India?
The MEA or the Ministry of External Affairs is the department responsible for Apostille of documents. To help make the entire process easier for applicants, it was decentralized to brand secretariats and the RPOs in 15 cities which include, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Cochin, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Raipur, Panaji, Thiruvananthapuram, and New Delhi. But, the documents need to be verified by the state government before obtaining the Apostille stickers.
- Are the original documents submitted in safe hands?
Departments offering Apostille services are professional, experienced, and have knowledge of careful handling of original documents. They ensure the safety and privacy of the original documents until they are in their custody.
- How long does the process of document Apostille take?
The time needed to Apostille documents will vary depending on the type of document, and the document-issuing state. Typically, it takes about 3-4 weeks for Apostille services. But, it might take a little longer if it involves attestation from the HRD.
- Do documents need to be translated in any particular language to get Apostille done?
Apostille might need translation depending on the language of the document and the language of the foreign country where it is to be used. If the language of the foreign country is different from the language of the document, translation is necessary. Also, if the document is in a regional language, it needs to be first translated to English and then to any foreign language. Also, both sets of documents – English and the translated document will need to have Apostille stickers on them.
- Is it possible for a notary to Apostille a document?
No, a notary is not authorized to Apostille documents. It is the MEA that can provide Apostille stickers for any document. But, before the document can be submitted to the MEA, they need to be verified from the notary to get the state certification for the legalization of educational and non-educational documents. However, commercial documents are exempted from the above process, but they need to be attested by the Chambers of Commerce.
- What if the documents that I need to Apostille are laminated?
In case your certificates and documents that need to be Apostille are laminated, it has to be removed. The Apostille sticker is put directly on the document and cannot be put over lamination. Many countries also want the Apostille sticker to be stamped on the backside of the certificate or document, so removing the lamination is of utmost importance.
- How much time and money is needed to complete the Apostille process?
The time and cost of the Apostille services will depend on the type of document and the country where the Apostille sticker needs to be obtained. All countries have their own process structure, time, and cost to deliver the Apostille services. So, it is best to talk to an expert to know the exact time frame that you should expect when you submit the documents.
- What are the documents I need to submit if I am applying for a student visa?
For a student visa, the applicant needs to submit all educational documents to the MEA for Apostille services. Class 10 and Class 12 certificates and mark sheets need to be submitted for Apostille services if you want to go abroad for higher education. You will also need to get these documents attested from the HRD department before submitting them to the MEA for getting an Apostille sticker.
- What are the documents I need to submit if I am applying for an employment visa?
You will first need to confirm the documentation needed for successful employment onboarding from your employer. The documents needed vary depending on the nature and the category of employment being sought. Typically, only the latest educational document is needed for Apostille.
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