For employment, immigration, or for pursuing higher educations a large number of people are flying abroad every year. Documents are the most important and necessary thing you need to possess while planning for traveling foreign countries. The unauthenticated documents like educational, personal, non-educational, commercial are needed for every respective layout. Today people face lots of issues and complaints while applying for their Visa, as they do not possess proper and complete attested documents.
Apostille and attestation are those confusing words for lots of people. To validate your certificates there are steps involved in the attestation process. Well, this blog will provide you to understand with attestation procedure and its working.
In view of a general layout, if you are planning to travel to another country you need to apply for Visa, whereas the Visa will be issued only after verifying your documents by higher government authorities. Therefore, Apostille and Attestation certification is required from various departments like MEA attestation, Embassy Attestation, Notary Attestation, SDM(Sub-divisional Magistrate) attestation. Now let’s know more about these attestation agencies.
What is an Apostille?
Usually, an Apostille is a type of global attestation in which documents or certificates are sealed and verified by the authorized department as per specification in foreign countries.
What is Attestation?
By attaching the sign of the verifying personnel, attestation is the process of validating the authenticity of a true certificate or document. The attestation procedures differ from country to country which involves submission of the original document with the Xerox of the passport and other supporting documents if needed.
What is Embassy Attestation?
If you are planning to travel from India to abroad for education, immigration, and employment you need to get all required certificates like educational documents, commercial documents, and personal documents corroborated by that country’s embassy or consulate in India. Countries like Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Saudi are not a part of the Hague convention they require Embassy Attestation.
What is MEA Attestation?
Ministry of External Affairs attestation approves the certificate or document which is verified at the state level that you will be needing in abroad. MEA does its attestation in two different ways:
- For documents like birth, death, marriage, affidavits, power of attorney and educational documents an Apostille is required for Hague Convention countries.
- An Apostille is not valid for countries which do not fall in the Hague convention, it just requires normal attestation procedure.
What about the Home Department?
The Home Department holds the process of confirmation of the personal documents. Your personal certificate or documents need to be first verified by a respective home department or GAD where the document is created before submitting the document for MEA attestation.
What do You Know about HRD Attestation?
All educational documents are verified by the HRD department. Every state holds its own HRD department, hence if you want your educational documents attested from the ministry of external affairs then you should be first validated from the HRD department of the respective state.
Have a look at the basic flow of the attestation process and this may vary from country to country as per the rules and regulations.
Are You Confused with Hague Convention?
Embassy verification is a time consuming process which is required for every country you go, so in 1961 to make it easy and hassle-free many different countries have join hands and form one convention known as Hague Convention. According to this the countries which fall under Hague does not need particular country Embassy Attestation.
Hoping this article will help you to clear your all doubts regarding apostille and attestation procedure. New India Attestation is doing its best to provide fast attestation services to the customers. It’s only motto is customer satisfaction. You can have a touch with New India for further enquiries.