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MEA Approved Apostille And Attestation Services

As a huge number of individuals are moving or planning to move abroad for higher education, overseas job opportunity, and trade the need for document verification is a key subject matter these days. The documents play a pivotal role during immigration or foreign travel whether it is a passport, visa or any other documents of personal records or commercial documents. All these documents will be checked at the destination and thus it is very vital that all the submitted documents are genuine and verified. So the MEA Apostille or MEA Attestation is a process that eliminates the need for document verification at any place, this proves that the document is checked and verified by the Ministry of External Affairs.

About Ministry of External Affairs

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is the apex and exclusive Government Agency to issue all kinds of MEA certificate attestation in India. Most countries demand MEA document attestation. The Ministry of External Affairs government agency responsible for and the controlling body which implements Indian Foreign policy and is headed by the Cabinet Minister a Foreign Secretary a dignified officer of Indian Foreign Services defined by the Central Government of India. The Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for representing the Government of India through its embassies in different countries and at the United Nations.

The Apostille attestation is done in India by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, New Delhi which validates the documents and further use of the document in India and abroad. MEA Attests the documents or MEA approves the document by issuing an apostille sticker as per the requirement of the country the applicant is migrating to. MEA certificate Attestation permits you to get your documents to apostille for use in other countries as legal documents. MEA only legalises the documents issued in the territory of India. This process verifies and provides it with the legal state of the document to be accepted abroad.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Attestation types:

The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India(1) ideally performs two types of attestation. One can choose as per the requirement of the visiting country.

  • Apostille of documents.
  • Attestation of documents.

 

Let’s start and understand them both one at a time.

  • Apostille of documents: 

An Apostille is a Seal along with the signature of the authorised signatory or Notary of the country from where the document has originated which ensures the captioned documents will be accepted in the countries under the Hague Convention. The Hague Convention(2) (HCCH 1961 Apostille Convention) was signed on 05th October 1961, and in total there are 120 contracting member countries. The convention was agreed upon and signed by the countries with the aim of abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents which facilitates the use of public documents abroad. The purpose of the Convention is to abolish the ongoing requirement of legalisation, replacing the often long and costly legalisation process with the issuance of a single Apostille certificate by a Competent Authority at the country of document origination.

India became a member of Hague nations in the year 2005 which does not require foreign public document legalisation.

An apostille is required in various documents issued by the state government or bodies in the state such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, power of Attorneys, Affidavits, educational records, declarations etc.

The Ministry of External Affairs typically plays a vital role in providing the apostille of the documents. In the documents to be apostilled even minor details are inspected before authorization. The apostille is valid for a period of six months.

MEA Apostille Procedure:

Apostille from MEA can only be done post MEA Approval and authentication of the documents by the relevant document issuing authority which is the State Government. An Apostille is only required to state the authenticity and legal status of the document to be used in the Hague Convention nations which were issued in the territory of India.

The original documents are to be submitted straight to the MEA Approved Attestation Agencies for MEA Apostille services and MEA Attestation services along with a copy of the document and a photocopy of the Passport of the candidate. The MEA Approval will only be possible if the documents are submitted as per the requirements mentioned in the checklist. There are third-party outsourced agencies for Apostille as the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will not accept the documents from the candidate directly. The documents to be Apostilled by MEA are to be submitted at these assigned outsourced agencies for Apostille. These MEA Approved Attestation Agencies provide MEA apostille services as and when needed.

Steps

  1. Document Authentication/Verification:

All the original documents that are to be apostilled from MEA are first to be verified by the Authority of the Issuing State Government.

  • Educational Documents are to be attested with the seal and signature of the authorised signatory by the Department of Education or Human Resource Development Department of the state or union territory.
  • Other Documents that are non-educational in nature are to be verified with the seal and signature of the Home Department or General Administration department of the state issuing document.
  • Commercial documents are to be verified by the respective trade and chambers of the concerned state with the chamber of commerce and trade seal and the signature of the signing authority.2.  Apostille:

Going further Ministry of External Affairs apostilles the documents by affixing an Apostille sticker on the back side of the document to be apostilled(3) on the basis of the document verification done by the authorities of the State Government, Union Territory or Trade chamber.

2. Attestation of documents:

In the countries wherein the document, an apostille is not accepted or is not required as a formal verification procedure as the nation may not be part of the Hague Convention the MEA provides an attestation service for the same and MEA attested document serves the purpose of verifying the authenticity of the issued document.

MEA Attestation Procedure:

MEA Attestation is required in any document of Indian origin so that the same can be utilised abroad. The document attestation process is possible on any document of Indian origin. We will now look at the MEA certificate attestation procedure. Here two, there are two ways you can get your documents attested. You can either use the online service of E-Sanad or do it offline. The original documents are to be submitted straight to the MEA Approved Attestation Agencies for MEA Attestation services along with a copy of the document and a photocopy of the Passport of the candidate. The MEA will not verify and legalise the documents if it is not submitted as per the requirements as informed. There are third-party outsourced agencies for apostille and attestation as the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will not accept the documents from the candidate directly. The documents to be Apostilled by MEA are to be submitted at these assigned outsourced agencies for Apostille and Attestation services.. These MEA Approved Attestation Agencies provide MEA apostille services as and when needed.

Steps:

  1. Document Authentication/Verification:

All the original documents that are to be apostilled from MEA are first to be verified by the Authority of the Issuing State Government.

  • Educational Documents are to be attested with the seal and signature of the authorised signatory by the Department of Education or Human Resource Development Department of the state or union territory.
  • Other Documents that are non-educational in nature are to be verified with the seal and signature of the Home Department or General Administration department of the state issuing document.
  • Commercial documents are to be verified by the respective trade and chambers of the concerned state with the chamber of commerce and trade seal and the signature of the signing authority.
  • Attestation:

Going further Ministry of External Affairs attests to the documents on the basis of the requirement of the country and document verification done by the authorities of the State Government, Union Territory or Trade chamber.

Important note:

WEF July 2012, no document will be directly accepted at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi from the clients. The original document/true copy is to be submitted to any of the outsourced agencies along with a photocopy of the document to be apostilled and a photocopy of the Passport of the applicant. Please note that Ministry does not legalize photocopies of documents. 

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Conclusion

Unlike earlier times, when the Apostille of documents was complicated, time-consuming and required the help of agents, the MEA Apostille procedure or MEA Certificate Attestation in India has become much easier now. There are MEA Approved Apostille and Attestation service providers that can deliver your Apostille documents on time and with minimum effort. The process is cost-effective and application status can be easily tracked via them. The cost and duration of Apostille and Attestation vary as it depends on the type of documents to be Apostilled or Attested, public holidays in between and other internal factors.

FAQs

Why an Apostille is required?

An Apostille is required when a candidate is migrating to the nation under HAGUE Convention for higher education, a job or setting up a business. The apostille seal verifies and authenticates the document issued by the State Govt of the country.

What all documents can be Apostilled, Attested in India?

It depends on the reason for the immigration of the candidate. If immigration is for a Job then the candidate has to submit ECA documents, Transcripts, Educational documents and some personal certificates, if for the business you may require to provide documents pertaining to the business and its incorporation and other relevant certificates and so the Apostille can be done for candidates personal as well as educational or business documents.

How to apply for Apostille or Attestation in India?

There are various ways to apply to Apostille in India but the best way is to reach out to Worldwide Transcripts at +91-9340899870 for all MEA Apostille and MEA Attestation needs.

Who is authorised for MEA Apostille in India?

Apostille in India is done by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, Delhi. When the submitted documents are verified as true by the issuing Government agency Ministry affixes an Apostille sticker on the back side of the original document certifying its genuineness and is accepted by all the nations in HAGUE Convention 1961.

Is it Mandatory to get documents Apostille?

In a way yes it is mandatory to get documents Apostille if you are travelling to a country which is a member of the HAGUE Convention. It eliminates issues in the verification of documents at the destination.

What is the validity of MEA Apostille?

The MEA Apostille documents carry a validity of 6 months. For more detailed information contact Worldwide Transcripts at +91-9340899870 to apply for MEA Apostille.

References:
  1. “Ministry of External Affairs” –  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_External_Affairs_(India)
  2. “Hague Convention” –  https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/
  3. “Apostille” –  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostille_Convention 

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