What is MEA Apostille ? Why we need Apostille ?
An Apostille is a kind of attestation in which certificates are legalized in an appropriate form that is admissible in all countries that relate to the Hague Convention. Basically, Apostille is a global attestation that is admissible in nearly 92 nations, and most of the western world acknowledges Apostille.
Apostille: India is a member of the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, abolishing the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents. Apostille is acceptable in 98 member-countries of the Convention. Apostille is done for personal documents like birth/death/marriage certificates, Affidavits, Power of Attorney, etc. and educational documents like degree, diploma, matriculation and secondary level certificates etc.
Procedure: All original documents requiring Attestation or Apostille should be first authenticated by the designated authorities of the State from where the document has been issued. The Ministry of External Affairs legalises the documents on the basis of the signature of the designated signing authorities of the State Government/Chambers of Commerce; hence it does not take responsibility of the contents of the documents. In case of personal documents, Home/General Administration Department of the concerned State Government are the designated authorities. In case of educational documents, the documents should first be authenticated by the Education Department of the concerned State Government. Commercial Documents are to be pre-authenticated by the respective Chambers of Commerce. The details of the Regional Authentication Centres (RACs) in the States from where the documents should first be authenticated are given below.As a result to outsourcing of receipt and delivery of documents for attestation/apostille with effect from July 2012, no document from individuals is accepted at the Ministry of External Affairs Counter at CPV Division, Patiala House Annexe, New Delhi.
Procedure for Apostille of EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTS:
Authenticated by the designated authorities of the State or Sub-Divisional Magistrate.
Apostille Sticker from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Procedure for Apostille of NON EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTS:
Apostille sticker from Ministy of External Affairs (MEA).
Turnaround time for attestation -5 days ( Approx )
Attestation of Personal/Educational & commercial certificates is the act of witnessing a certificate by authorised person/persons/Departments/authorities with their official seal and signature. This attestation also confirms that, the specified certificate has been issued by that mentioned department and Seal and signature on that particular birth certificate is authentic.