Importance of Embassy Certificate Attestation
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Written by: Abhishek Chatterjee
Reviewed by: Vakila Khan

Why Is Embassy Certificate Attestation Important And How To Apply?

Safety and security are the first priority of any nation. Be it the safety of the country from intruders or security of the domestic businesses from forgery, the country has many security measures to curb any breach to them. While the defence forces protect the country at borders, the officials do their job to protect the country within. And while many don’t pay proper attestation to it, the embassy attestation is one such process that can ensure the safety of businesses and citizens of the country.


People have to travel abroad for several reasons. Whether they can travel for studies, jobs, and business or as a tourist. For such travels, flight tickets are not the only thing required. A person may need a marriage certificate, business incorporation certificate, academic transcripts, Visa, passport, and many such important documents. To prevent forgery, the documents need to be verified and certified as authentic and genuine. This process of verification and certification of documents, right from the issuing department to the embassy of a foreign country, is called embassy certificate attestation. There are many embassy attestation services that can do this job for you.

Why Is Embassy Attestation Important When Going Abroad?

As mentioned earlier, every nation does its job to protect its citizens and businesses. So embassy attestation can be considered the first possible tool that serves this purpose. When the embassy certifies any document from the applicant, they make sure the visitor to their country is going for a valid reason. Since embassy certificate attestation is the final step of attestation, a couple of checks are also made at the issuing department and MEA as well regarding the authenticity and a few other aspects in relation to the document in question. This ensures errors in checking the documents are minimized. Every individual travelling outside the country for different purposes has to do certificate attestation.

Purposes of attestation:

  • Foreign Education.
  • Overseas Employment.
  • Permanent Residency.
  • Obtain a Start-Up visa.

Who Does The Embassy Certificate Attestation?

Embassy attestation is a long and complicated process as it has to go through multiple layers of checking. First, the applicant needs to apply for certificate attestation from the issuing department. For example, in the case of business documents, the respective chambers of commerce will attest the documents first and in the case of educational documents, the HRD embassy attestation is required i.e. transcripts will be attested by the HRD department of the state.
For all educational documents such as degree certificates, academic transcripts, etc., HRD embassy attestation is a must. Having documents verified by HRD with the seal and signature of the HRD officials means your documents are valid and legal.
Then the second step is an attestation by the officials of MEA (Ministry of External Affairs). Once the documents are certified to be authentic by the issuing department, they will be forwarded for final embassy attestation. The representative officials of the respective country will do the embassy attestation. For example, if you want to migrate go to UAE, the officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of UAE(1) will certify your document.

How To Apply For Embassy Certificate Attestation?

You can either apply for certificate attestation from various departments yourself by visiting the respective department offices and submitting photocopies of the documents along with the originals. Since it is a time taking process, we recommend contacting embassy attestation service providers. The attestation service providers are professionals and will do your bit of hassle of getting the documents attested. They will be able to deliver the certified documents on time as well. Simply contact Worldwide transcripts and submit your requirements. That’s it.

Documents required

For attestation purposes original certificates and passport copies are required. Then the submitted documents are scrutinised by the mentioned authorities on the certificate attestation to be done. The purpose of certificate attestation is also to ensure the safety of illegal documentation by the immigrants to the destination countries.

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How Much Time Does It Take To Do Certificate Attestation?

Since a lot of government departments are responsible for document attestation, the processing time to verify and certify a document can take anywhere between 2 to 4 weeks. In many cases, it can be done within 5 to 10 working days as well. A number of factors determine the duration of document attestation such as who the issuing authority is, which country it is required for, whether are there any public holidays in between, etc.

It is always recommended to get your certificate attestation processed way before you apply for foreign travel.


By now you must have understood why embassy attestation of documents is very important when going abroad. And you must have learnt what the different steps of embassy attestations are.

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What is the purpose of an Embassy Certificate Attestation?

To prevent forgery, the documents need to be verified and certified as authentic and genuine. This process of verification and certification of documents, right from the issuing department to the embassy of a foreign country, is called embassy certificate attestation. The end purpose can be Foreign Education, Overseas Employment, Permanent Residency, Obtain a Start-Up visa.

What is the validity of an Embassy Attestation?

Ideally, there is no definite validity of Embassy Attested documents. It can be assumed that it is valid forever or till the time a candidate is not asked to get it done.

When should Embassy Attestation be done?

Embassy Attestation is the process of verifying the authenticity of the documents issued in a country so that the document is duly accepted. This process is required as it is difficult for the authority/department to determine if the document is authentic or not.

Is Embassy Attestation mandatory for UAE?

The UAE Government mandatorily requires all educational documents, degrees or certificates professional documents issued in the geographical limit of India to be attested by the Indian Embassy  or their Consulate in UAE for further attested by the UAE Govt Foreign Affairs Ministry to obtain the UAE visa.

How do an Embassy Attests Certificate and documents?

To get the document attested by the Embassy a defined process needs to be followed. Primarily the documents had to be verified by the respective State Home Department and going further it will be sent to the Ministry of External Affairs for processing and to the respective Embassy for legalizing the document.


  1. “Ministry of Foreign Affairs”: