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How to get a Marriage Certificate Apostille

Suppose you plan to move to another country for education, a job, or other such purposes. In that case, you must have come across the term ‘apostille.’ It is easy to get confused and intimidated by such technical words. However, there is no need to worry. This article will walk you through everything that you need to know about a marriage certificate apostille.

An apostille is an attestation, stamp, or sticker from the Ministry of External Affairs on all your official documents, ensuring its authenticity. When you move to another country, these attested documents will be accepted by that country’s government. Therefore, to know in-depth about marriage certificate apostille, read on.

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How to get a marriage certificate apostille?

One may wish to get an apostille from the MEA for various reasons. However, the main reasons are:

  • To get PR done in a different country
  • Traveling on a dependant VISA
  • Traveling on a work VISA

However, coming back to the main discussion, there are two main ways to get your marriage certificate apostille:

  • Via SDM verification
  • Via state verification

SDM Verification

This is the shorter and quicker way of getting your marriage certificate attestation. This process requires you to submit your documents to SDM or the Sub Divisional Magistrate for verification. Once their half of validation is done, they will forward your documents to MEA for apostille. Depending on the services you choose, the SDM verification time will vary from 3 to 14 days.

State Verification

The documents in India are all produced by the state in India. Thus, you would need the State government to verify your documents for you for verification and attestation. For that, you need to approach the Secretariat of the State in which your documents were issued. This process has various bodies of the government involved and thus may take up to 30 working days.

Apostille acquired by both the format is accepted by the Hague nations (113 countries) except Italy and Austria, where they only accept state verification.

For the countries which are not among the Hague nations, the documents should first go through a state verification for an MEA apostille. It then should be legalized by the country for which the apostille was required.

Which process is better?

It is advised that if the country you are aiming for is among the Hague nation (except Italy and Austria), you may choose the SDM method quicker and economical.

However, for documents verified from states such as Punjab, Goa, and Haryana, the SDM process may be charged differently as there are extra verification steps. For non-Hague countries as a destination, the verification needs to be done via the state government.

So that is how you can get your marriage certificate attested by the government for traveling abroad. The process is a very serious and detailed one and thus should not include any mistakes. Therefore, getting them done with expert advice is what is suggested. You may choose any of the methods according to your convenience. However, note that different places may offer slightly different prices for either of the processes.

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